Cerro Gordo County

Robert C. Modlin

 

 

WHEREABOUTS

Robert C. Modlin, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Modlin, 710 Monroe avenue northwest, is expected home on furlough soon, according to word received by his parents. He enlisted in the navy while on vacation in Chicago Aug. 31, and was stationed at the Great Lakes U. S. Naval Training Station, Chicago. He had been employed at the Dick Senneff grocery in Mason City before his enlistment. Modlin’s address is Company 853, Thirteenth Battalion, Third Regiment, Great Lakes U. S. Naval Training Station, Chicago.

Source:  The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, Thursday, September 24, 1942, Page 24

WHEREABOUTS

Robert C. Modlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Modlin, 710 Monroe avenue northeast, was graduated from the service school for machinist's mates at the U. S. naval training station at Great Lakes, Tuesday. Eligible for promotion to a petty officer rating, he now awaits assignment to active duty afloat or ashore, or to an advanced service school for further specialized training.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, Tuesday, February 16, 1943, Page 11

Three Modlins Serve With Armed Forces

Three Modlin brothers whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Modling, formerly of 710 Monroe N. W., now living in Florence, Ariz., for the duration, are with the armed forces.

Seaman 2/c Robert C. MODLIN visited his parents recently, having returned from the southwest Pacific where he had been on duty aboard a destroyer. He had been in action against the Japanese in that area.

Pvt. Claude L. Modlin has been in the Hawaiian islands since finishing his basic training at Camp Ellis, Ill. He had spent a few days at his home before going overseas. Pvt. Modlin was a student when he entered the service.

Shipfitter 2/c Richard G. Modlin is with the Seabees and is stationed at Fort Pierce, Fla., where he came from Camp Percy, Va. His wife is with him in Florida. They had recently spent some time in Mason City when he was on leave.

A brother-in-law, Cpl. Charles E. Thorn, is with the ordnance division in the John Deere battalion somewhere in England. He has been there since last November. His wife makes her home with her parents in Arizona.

Mr. Modlin, the boys' father, was an embalmer at the Patterson funeral home before going to Arizona.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, Friday, June 16, 1944, Page 11

KILLED in GUNNERY ACCIDENT
in SOUTH PACIFIC on MAY 26

Seaman 1/c R. Modlin
Lost Life Serving Country in Pacific

Robert Modlin, seaman 1/c, 710 Monroe N. W., was killed in the service of his country in a gunnery accident in the south Pacific, on May 26, it was reported by the prisoner of war committee of the local Red Cross here Friday.

The telegram sent to Seaman Modlin’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Modlin, formerly of Mason City, now of Florence, Ariz., came to their address here. It read;
"The navy department regrets to inform you of the death of your son, Robert Charles Modlin, seaman 1/c, U. S. naval reserve, as the result of a gunnery accident on May 26, 1944, while in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country."

Seaman Modlin had recently visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Modlin, at Florence, Ariz., during a leave from the Pacific, where he had been on duty on a destroyer and had seen action against the Japs. He entered the service in August, 1941.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, Friday, June 16, 1944, Page 11 (photo included)