Robert F. M. Culver
Captain, United States Marine Corps
Marine Officer Killed In Action On Saipan June 16
November 28, 1944 - Captain Robert F. M. Culver of the Marines, 27-year-old son of Mrs. Milton C. Whitaker of the Hotel Ambassador, was killed in action on June 16 at Saipan by a direct shell hit as he was being evacuated from a foxhole aid station after having been slightly wounded previously in the same action, it was revealed yesterday.
Captain Culver was reported by a Marine correspondent to have "lost his life by staying on Saipan's beaches to direct his men to safety" in the face of Japanese fire.
He had recovered from a wound suffered in the Marshall Islands before taking part in the Marianas battle.
Born in Baltimore, Captain Culver was graduated in 1941 from Princeton University, where he had majored in biology and played on the lacrosse team. He had been a Marine since October 1941.
Besides his mother, he leaves a sister, Lieutenant
Elizabeth C. Culver of the WAVES, and a brother, Private Donald M. Culver
of the Marine Corps Reserve. His home was in North East, Maryland.
Posted: 3 August 2007