VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.
Robert M. (Bob) Poynter, a native of Clarksburg, West Virginia, celebrated his 100th birthday this past month with a visit to the U.S. Navy's Master Jet base, Naval Air Station Oceana. Mr. Poynter is a proud U.S. Navy veteran who served on the subchaser PT-487 during World War II.
His ship was most notable for its actions in sinking a Japanese submarine off the Aleutian Islands during the war. During World War II only three submarine chasers scored confirmed unassisted kills on enemy submarines, PC-487 making the only solo kill against a Japanese submarine.
"His visit to NAS Oceana, a surprise tour planned by family, was definitely one of the highlights for my father's birthday week," said Peggy Wheatley. "We have family members traveling from all over the country to celebrate his historic birthday. My dad, along with the rest of the family, really enjoyed our time at NAS Oceana. He loved every minute of being there and is still talking about it. Thanks again for making our dad feel so special."
As proud members of the Hampton Roads community, NAS Oceana supports all past, present, and future service members. As a show of appreciation, NAS Oceana invites all retired military, families, and DoD ID cardholders to the special-access day of the 2019 NAS Oceana Air Show on Friday, September 20.