A Veteran’s View: Robert Rubley

 In 2001, our own Karen, along with several volunteers, began interviewing local residents for a World War II/Korean War Oral History Project.  Our Oral History Collection now includes the war-related stories of 74 veterans, former civilian workers, and even a war bride or two.


  Robert Rubley signed up for the draft in 1943 at the age of
  18. Despite being born and raised in Davenport, he did
  not suffer from seasickness– he claims that this is why
  he was appointed a 2nd class quartermaster aboard the
  USS Compel, a M162 auxillary minesweeper. 

  After the War, Mr. Rubley earned a  GED and attended
  St. Ambrose University.  He is retired from Central State
  Steel and still makes his home in Davenport. 

 If, after hearing this brief recording, you would like to hear the rest of Mr. Rubley’s story, you are welcome to bring your favorite set of headphones to our Center!

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One Response to A Veteran’s View: Robert Rubley

  1. Williamm D. Zerwekh says:

    While researching the USS Compel I found your site and the partial interview of Robert Rubley. I know about how old Mr. Rugley might be, but I was wondering if it were possible to get in touch with him, or to see the rest of his interview. My father, Al Zerwekh was an officer on the USS Compel and I am trying to put together a history and time line of his service in the Navy. Any help would be appreciated.

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