AVIATION MACHINIST MATE SECOND CLASS STEPHEN ROBERT ORBIN JR.; U.S. NAVY

August 15, 1924 (Norwalk, CT) – June 9, 1944; 19 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 70 Ely Avenue, South Norwalk
Enlisted on September 16, 1941
Service number: 2073605
Served on the USS Pyro (AE-1), March 1942 and USS Wharton, September 1942

From The Norwalk Hour June 10, 1944

LIGHTNING KILLS NORWALK SAILOR
AMM2C Stephen Robert Orbin, 20, Wounded South Pacific Vet, Was At Florida Base

Aviation Machinist Mate 2-C Stephen Robert Orbin, 20-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Orbin of 61 Ely Avenue, who had only recently returned the United States after fighting the Japs in the South Pacific since the outbreak of war, was instantly killed at 3:30 p.m. yesterday at the naval station at Lake City, Florida, when he was struck by lightning. A telegram informing her of her only son’s death was received last night by Mrs. Orbin from the commanding officer of the Naval Station. It simply said Orbin had been killed instantly by lightning while at work, and his body was being sent to Norwalk. AMM2C Orbin joined the Navy in July 1930. He trained at Newport, Rhode Island and was then sent to the South Pacific. He took part in many engagements and was wounded badly a few months ago by shrapnel. After recovering in a Navy hospital, he was sent home to convalesce. He left home after Memorial Day to report at Lake City. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Ganung Funeral Home after the arrival of the remains.

Also killed in the incident was Leslie C. Tyler, Seaman First Class, of Jeffersontown, Kentucky. Lightning struck the plane under which they had taken refuge from storms.

Buried at Riverside Cemetery; Section 11, Plot 1

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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