James Milton Robertson was the son of Rufus K. Robertson and Lennie McCoy.
Killed 7 Dec 1941 aboard USS Arizona BB-39 during surprise attack by naval forces of Japan.

The James Milton Robertson VFW Post 5266 in Morristown, TN is named in his honor.

According to T.J. Cooper, the author of The Men of the USS Arizona BB-39, Machinists Mate 1st Class James Milton Robertson was awarded the following medals
Posthumously
American Defense Service Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Purple Heart Medal

A memorial marker is located at Liberty Hill United Methodist Church in Morristown, TN, and every year on Memorial Day the VFW Post 5266 Honor Guard places a wreath and honors his memory with a 21 gun salute and taps.
-Submitted by Doyle W. Smith

The Knoxville Journal, February 18, 1942
Morristown, Feb. 17 – First Hamblen County boy to die in World War II was James Milton Robertson, 23, son of R.K. Robertson, Morristown, Route 2. He perished at Pearl Harbor in the Japanese attack Dec. 7. His father received a letter Saturday sent by Rear Admiral Randall Jacobs, chief of the Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C. stating that all evidence had been weighed and that the Secretary of the Navy officially held hat “Your son died in the Pearl Harbor disaster Dec. 7.”
Young Robertson was a machinist mate, first class, on the U.S.S. Arizona, battleship sunk by the Japanese. The rear admiral’s letter said: “Taking this opportunity to extend to you my heartfelt sympathy, and trusting that the knowledge that your son lost his life while upholding the priciples of justice, freedom and democracy will somewhat soften your profound sorrow.”
Young Robertson, son of Mr. Robertson and the late Mrs. Lennie McCoy Robertson, enlisted in the Navy Oct. 26, 1936. A memorial service will be held in the Liberty Hill Methodist Church at a date to be announced. Beside his father, survivors are four sisters, Mrs. Carl Woods, Catlett, Va.; Mrs. J.A. Stapleton, Mrs. Ralph Hefner and Mrs. George Murphy, and two brothers, David and Mack Robertson, all of Morristown.

  • Rank: Machinists Mate First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 24 December 1918
  • Date of death: 7 December 1941
  • County: Hamblen
  • Hometown: Morristown
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Arizona (BB-39)
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Pearl Harbor
  • Awards: American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Top Panel
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