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  • Title: Robert Alfred Theobald Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1908-1959
    Collection Number: 60010
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 13 manuscript boxes (5.4 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, war diaries, dispatches, operations plans and orders, manuals, service lists, memoranda, reports, and war estimates, relating to naval operations in Alaska, May 1942-January 1943, including the Japanese invasion of the Aleutians, June 1942, and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
    Creator: Theobald, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1884-1957.


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robert Alfred Theobald Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1960.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    Robert Alfred Theobald, 1884-1957

    1884, January 25 Born, San Francisco, California
    1902-1903 Attended University of California
    1903-1906 B.S., U.S. Naval Academy
    1908 Commissioned Ensign, U.S. Navy
    1917-1918 Gunnery Officer, U.S.S. New York, Flagship of U.S. Squadron with British Grand Fleet
    1918, September Promoted to Commander
    1919-1921 Executive Officer, Naval Post Graduate School
    1922-1924 Destroyer Command, Asiatic Fleet
    1924-1927 Commanding Officer, Naval Post Graduate School
    1927-1929 Executive Officer, U.S.S. West Virginia
    1930-1932 Secretary of War Plans, Navy Department, and Member of Joint Army - Navy Planning Committee
    1932, February Promoted to Captain
    1932-1934 Chief of Staff, Destroyers, Pacific Fleet
    1934-1935 Member of Advanced Class, Naval War College, engaged in Seminar study of Japan and Pacific War
    1935-1937 Strategy Division, Naval War College
    1937-1939 Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Nevada
    1939-1940 Chief of Staff, U.S. Fleet
    1940, Spring Member, General Board, Navy Department
    1940, June Promoted to Rear Admiral
    1940, Summer Commander, Cruiser Division Three
    1940-1941 Commander, Flotilla One, Destroyers, Pacific Fleet
    1941, December-1942, May Commander, Destroyers, Pacific Fleet
    1942, May-1943, January Commander, Northern Pacific Force, in Alaska Operations
    1943-1944 Commandant, First Naval District and Navy Yard, Boston
    1945 Retired from active service
    1954 Author, The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States. Navy--Officers
    Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.
    United States--Armed Forces.
    World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Aleutian Islands.
    World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean.
    World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations.
    World War, 1939-1945.