Robert J. Meder
First Lieutenant, United States Army Air Corps
member of the "Doolittle Raiders," which were the first American forces
to attack the Islands of Japan in World War II.
He took off from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet on April 18, 1942. Following their bombing run, he and his crew crash-landed off the coast of China and were captured by the Japanese.
He died of malnutrition and beri-beri on December
1, 1943 while still in captivity. He was cremated by the Japanese and his
ashes were located after the war returned home for burial in Section 12
of Arlington National Cemetery.
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, January 2006
MEDER, ROBERT J
1ST LT AAF USA
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF BIRTH: 08/23/1917
DATE OF DEATH: 12/11/1943
DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/17/1949
BURIED AT: SECTION 12 SITE 159
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 11 January 1999 - Updated: 3 April 2004 Updated: 18 September 2004 Updated: 25 November 2005 Updated: 28 January 2006