|Vice Admiral David Robinson
Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (April 1993 - April 1996)
David Brooks Robinson hailed from Alexandria, Louisiana. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy on July 7, 1959, and was commissioned as an Ensign on June 5, 1963.
The first ship Robinson served aboard was the USS Stormes (DD-780).
After he attended Naval Destroyer School he served as Engineering Officer aboard the USS Rowan (DD-782).
He then went to Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a Master's Degree in Oceanography.
LCDR Robinson’s next sea duty was as commanding officer of the patrol gunboat USS Canon (PG-90) in Vietnam.
This was a significant tour of duty because he was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions when his ship was traveling up the Bo De River and suddenly came under intense enemy automatic weapons, rocket and small arms attack from an estimated forty-man force located in a mangrove swamp on both banks of the river.
During the initial attack Lieutenant Commander Robinson sustained a broken leg and numerous shrapnel wounds when a rocket exploded on the port side of the flying bridge.
Despite his serious wounds and loss of blood, he continued to direct his ship’s fire until the enemy attack was suppressed. Lieutenant Commander Robinson then refused medical evacuation but got some first-aid treatment and then requested that he be strapped in a stretcher and placed in an upright position so that he could continue to direct the actions of his ship until it cleared the enemy ambush site.
Robinson served another tour in Vietnam as the commanding officer on the patrol gunboat USS Ready (PG-87).
Next up was a job in the Pentagon as aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then as executive officer aboard the cruiser USS Dale (CG-19). Robinson was made commanding officer of the guided missile destroyer USS Luce (DDG-38). After the tour on the Luce, Robinson served with the Naval Military Personnel and then attended the Foreign Service Institute. He then went back to sea as commanding officer of the guided missile cruiser USS Richmond K. Turner (CG-20). When that tour was over Robinson served as an aide and Chief of Staff for the Commander of the Naval Surface Fleet Atlantic and then served in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Then Rear Admiral Robinson served as Commander of Cruiser Destroyer Group EIGHT and then went on to a position as Director J-7 on the Joint Staff. He was then assigned as Deputy and Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet. Vice Admiral Robinson's final assignment was as Commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, from April 1993 until his retirement from the Navy on June 1, 1996.