Portrait, 1922 US Naval Academy year book "Lucky Bag," p. 111
Robert A. J. English graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1922. As a lieutenant, he captained the ship "Bear of Oakland" during the Antarctic Expedition of 1933-1935. It was "The Bear" that brought Admiral Byrd back to Washington, DC at the end of the expedition.
During World War II he served on General Dwight D. Eisenhower's staff.
For his work as "War Plans Officer on the staff of a Naval Task Force Commander prior to and during the amphibious invasion of Italy, September 1943" he received a "second gold star in lieu of a third Legion of Merit." He also received medals for his work planning and overseeing the invasion of Morocco and of Sicily.
Rear Admiral English is buried in Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, California.