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   Robert Abbott Coates
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War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Navy
Unit: USS Nevada (BB 36); USS San Francisco (CA 38)
Service Location: Pacific Theater; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Rank: Electronics Technician First Class
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