Temple family honors member lost at Pearl Harbor

Members of the United States Navy prepare to perform the Flag Folding Ceremony near the end of the service. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

SHILOH – After more than 75 years, US Navy Seaman First Class Robert Monroe “Bobby” Temple returned home to his family.

Temple, a native of Wathena, Kansas, died during the bombing of Pearl Harbor while he was serving aboard the USS Oklahoma. Prior to heading to Hawaii, Temple met a gal in San Francisco and had grand plans to marry her and start a life together. However, fate had other plans for the 19-year-old sailor and he became one of the 2,335 who passed away on December 7, 1941

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