Robert Leon Brinkley was the son of Christopher B. Brinkley and Bertha Mae Johnson.
Seaman 2c Robert Leon Brinkley, US Navy Reserve, died 11 May 1945 and was buried at sea. He is listed on the Tablets of the Missing, Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii.
He served on the U.S.S. Bunker Hill (CV17)
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. James Frost, 833 East 3rd Street, Chattanooga.
The Chattanooga Daily Times, 1 June 1945
Seaman Brinkley, 17, was killed in his first battle action, the War Department notified his parents. The offical telegram was received by the parents on May 27, but did not disclose the date of their son’s death. Prior to entering the navy nine months ago, he was employed as a printer by the Chattanooga News-Free Press. A former student at the H. Clay Evans School, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Bertha Cross, Chattanooga, and father, Chris Brinkley, McMinnville, Tenn.; four sister, Glena Faye, Leoda Fletcher, Isobel Paschal and Rezina Brinkley; two brothers, J.B. and Chris Brinkley Jr.
- Rank: Seaman Second Class
- Date of birth: 11 February 1928
- Date of death: 11 May 1945
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Navy
- Division/Assignment: USS Bunker Hill (CV17)
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XI, Middle Panel
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