Bobby Gene Whitaker was born on July 15, 1933, in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, located in Cleveland County. He was the eldest son of Walter Plato Whitaker and Margaret Carpenter. According to records from the Department of Veteran Affairs, Whitaker enlisted in the Navy on November 14, 1951, and was discharged from the Navy on November 9, 1955. Whitaker spoke often regarding the time he spent aboard the USS Los Angeles.
On September 12, 1957, Whitaker was married to Gladys Conner. On August 29 the following year the couple welcomed their only child – a daughter, Tina.
Bobby Gene Whitaker passed away on April 3, 1982, at the age of 48. He was laid to rest at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
According to his widow, Gladys, Whitaker was a modest man who did not speak often about his experiences while in the navy. She described him as being extremely humble throughout his life. She also noted that he was proud to have served in the navy and even more proud when his younger brother, Jacky Dean Whitaker, joined the navy in 1958.
Bobby Whitaker’s military records were stolen from his widow’s home in 2016.
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Korean War - Key Events
July 27, 1953
Mark W. Clark for the UN Command, Peng Dehuai for the Chinese, and Kim Il-Sung for North Korea conclude an armistice ending hostilities. A demilitarized zone is created that roughly follows the prewar border along the 38th parallel. South Korean Pres. Syngman Rhee announces his acceptance of the agreement, but no representative of South Korea ever signs the document.
These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica