Seaman Pervis Robison Lost in USS Thresher Disaster

Seaman Pervis Robison Jr., of Nutley, N.J., was one of 129 servicemen killed when the  U.S.S. Thresher, a new class of submarine, sank during sea trials about 200 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., on April 10, 1963.

Robison, who had attended Nutley schools all his life, had been a track star at Nutley High School where he was graduated in 1960.

He is survived by his parents, Margaret and Pervis Robison, of Passaic Avenue.

Pervis Robison Jr. - courtesy US Navy Pervis Robison



Pervis Robison was born on December 15, 1941, in Nutley, N.J., his family's residence for two generations. He attended public schools there, graduating from Lincoln Elementary School and Nutley High School.

While growing up, Pervis was active in Scouting as a Cub and Boy Scout. He participated in numerous activities of the Baptist Church, beginning at a very early age. For instance, he was at one time the youngest member of the Candlelight Chorus, a widely known choral group. Pervis was also a member of the Reinheimer Club, serving as treasurer.

As a student he enjoyed competitive sports. He excelled as a member of the high school track team. For his feats in the Junior Olympics, sponsored by the Optimist Club in Nutley, he was awarded an impressive trophy. Though too light to play football, Pervis served as team manager.

After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Navy and completed his recruit training at Great Lakes, Ill. He received further training at the Navy Radio School in Bainbridge, Md.

His first sea duty was in the submarine, U.S.S. Cavalla (SS 244). Pervis also served on the staff of commander, Submarine Development Group 2, receiving a letter of commendation for his outstanding performance of duty. He was assigned to the Thresher on January 11, 1963.

The town of Nutley, N.J., erected a monument to Pervis near City Hall which will be decorated each Memorial Day by local veteran organizations.

Pervis is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pervis Robison, of Nutley, N.J.

Pervis Robison memorial, Nutley, N.J. -photo by Anthony Buccino 2013

Pervis Robison Jr. memorial, Nutley, N.J.

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Other members of the crew from New Jersey:

Thomas Edward Clements
Electronics Technician Third Class
United States Navy
Thomas Edward Clements was born on July 17, 1937, in Bronx, N.Y.

He was active in scouting while attending Roosevelt Junior High School in
Westfield, N.J. Thomas was graduated from Westfield High School.
Robert Dennis Kearney
Machinist's Mate Third Class
Robert Dennis Kearney was born on August 23, 1941, in Glen Ridge, N.J.

He attended Columbian School in East Orange, N.J.

He was graduated from Main Street School, Denville, in 1956,

and from Morris Hills Regional High School, Rockaway, in 1960.
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Norman Gilbert Lanouette
Quartermaster First Class
Normal Gilbert Lanouette was born on October 17, 1929, in Newark, N.J.

His boyhood days were spent in Rahway. He attended Rahway High School.
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Frank John Malinski
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Frank John Malinski was born on August 6, 1939, in Glen Ridge, N.J.
Karl Paul McDonough
Torpedoman's Mate Third Class
Karl Paul McDonough was born on May 26, 1938, in Camden, N.J.
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Burnett Michael Shotwell
Electronics Technician Seaman
Burnett Michael Shotwell was born on August 19, 1942, in Morristown, N.J., the son

of Mr. and Mrs. Burnett E. Shotwell of Red Bank, N.J.

He attended the Middletown Township High School in Middletown Township.
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Roger Edwin VanPelt
Interior Communications Electrician First Class
Roger Edwin VanPelt was born on January 6, 1935, in Cranford, N.J.

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