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We have lost another one of our WWII submarine veterans. Robert L. Coates Sr., who had been a resident at the Maine Veteran's Home in Augusta, went on eternal patrol on October 11, 2013. Our shipmate Bucky Walters knew him and had been visiting him regularly at the Veteran's Home.

While Bob Coates was not a member of the USS Maine Base, he was a member of the WWII Submarine Veterans. He served as an EMFN on the submarines USS Hoe (SS-258) and USS Rasher (SS-269) in the Pacific Theater and was awarded several medals.

Pictures of the Coates memorial service held 8 November 2013 at the Maine Veterans Cemetery (Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta)