In memory of
James Edward Roberson Sr.
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In memory of
James Edward Roberson Sr.
James Edward Roberson, 91, of Ft Walton Beach, FL, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2018, at his home with his children at his side. Jim was born October 10, 1926 in Norfolk, VA, the son of Runice Lester and Vivian Evans Roberson. Raised in Washington, DC, he graduated on June 22, 1943 from Chamberlain Vocational School in Radio Communications. A WWII Veteran, Jim enlisted in the USN on October 11, 1943 (one day after his 17th birthday). Assigned to the LST547, he successfully maintained all radio and radar equipment from March 1944 until January 1946. In April 1946 he reported on board the USS Shangri-La where he was promoted to Petty Officer and assigned responsibility for all radar maintenance. During that assignment, he was awarded a citation from Adm. Blandy for a successful radar mission during Operation Crossroads, the Atomic Bomb test at Bikini Atoll in July 1946. At war's end he found a challenging and rewarding career at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC. His technical expertise was critical in the success of many submarine technology projects. During the development of an underwater detection and tracking system, Jim successfully completed training at the Navy Deep Sea Diving School at age 40! He also obtained a private pilot's license to help with the test missions. Jim also participated in the search for the USS Thresher in 1963. During that search many new subsea remote operated vehicles and cameras were developed to work at the extreme depths at the wreck site. These many projects resulted in numerous NRL awards and several patent applications. Upon retirement in 1984, he moved to Ft. Walton Beach, FL, with his wife, Anita Verna Roberson. Jim enjoyed fishing, boating, bowling, restoring his daughter's classic car, working with his son on the "Long Run", and troubleshooting every electrical and mechanical problem he or anybody else encountered. He especially loved swapping (the same old) stories with his "good buddies" at the weekly "Boy's Nite Out". Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was predeceased by Anita, his wife of 66 years. Surviving are his children: Mrs. Gloria Roberson Cushman (David), of Southern Pines, NC and James E. Roberson, Jr. (Debbie Watson) of Shalimar, FL; his grandchildren: Topher Cushman (Deborah) of Washington DC, Heather Cushman Mason of Ft. Worth, TX, Amy Oxford Mishey (Shannon) of Hume, VA, Jacob Roberson (Danielle) of Ft Walton Beach, FL, and Rachel Roberson of Lexington KY. He had nine great-grandchildren. A private celebration of life will be conducted followed by burial at sea. A donation can be made in Jim's memory to the International Game Fish Association, ATTN: Eric Combast, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004. Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.mclaughlinmortuary.com
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In memory of
James Edward Roberson Sr.
James Edward Roberson, 91, of Ft Walton Beach, FL, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2018, at his home with his children at his side. Jim was born October 10, 1926 in Norfolk, VA, the son of Runice Lester and Vivian Evans Roberson. Raised in Washington, DC, he graduated on June 22, 1943 from Chamberlain Vocational School in Radio Communications. A WWII Veteran, Jim enlisted in the USN on October 11, 1943 (one day after his 17th birthday). Assigned to the LST547, he successfully maintained all radio and radar equipment from March 1944 until January 1946. In April 1946 he reported on board the USS Shangri-La where he was promoted to Petty Officer and assigned responsibility for all radar maintenance. During that assignment, he was awarded a citation from Adm. Blandy for a successful radar mission during Operation Crossroads, the Atomic Bomb test at Bikini Atoll in July 1946. At war's end he found a challenging and rewarding career at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC. His technical expertise was critical in the success of many submarine technology projects. During the development of an underwater detection and tracking system, Jim successfully completed training at the Navy Deep Sea Diving School at age 40! He also obtained a private pilot's license to help with the test missions. Jim also participated in the search for the USS Thresher in 1963. During that search many new subsea remote operated vehicles and cameras were developed to work at the extreme depths at the wreck site. These many projects resulted in numerous NRL awards and several patent applications. Upon retirement in 1984, he moved to Ft. Walton Beach, FL, with his wife, Anita Verna Roberson. Jim enjoyed fishing, boating, bowling, restoring his daughter's classic car, working with his son on the "Long Run", and troubleshooting every electrical and mechanical problem he or anybody else encountered. He especially loved swapping (the same old) stories with his "good buddies" at the weekly "Boy's Nite Out". Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was predeceased by Anita, his wife of 66 years. Surviving are his children: Mrs. Gloria Roberson Cushman (David), of Southern Pines, NC and James E. Roberson, Jr. (Debbie Watson) of Shalimar, FL; his grandchildren: Topher Cushman (Deborah) of Washington DC, Heather Cushman Mason of Ft. Worth, TX, Amy Oxford Mishey (Shannon) of Hume, VA, Jacob Roberson (Danielle) of Ft Walton Beach, FL, and Rachel Roberson of Lexington KY. He had nine great-grandchildren. A private celebration of life will be conducted followed by burial at sea. A donation can be made in Jim's memory to the International Game Fish Association, ATTN: Eric Combast, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004. Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.mclaughlinmortuary.com
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