Robert D. Griffin, Royal Marines
HMS FEARLESS LCU Foxtrot Four
Task Force Landing Craft Squadron
Robert Griffin was born on February 9, 1960. He died serving in the Falklands War on June 8, 1982. He was 22 years old.
Royal Marine Rob Griffin was ferrying troops ashore at Choiseul Sound, Falklands, when they were attacked by four Skyhawks. A bomb struck the landing craft killing Griffin.
He was attached to HMS FEARLESS in the crew of (LCU) F4. The crew of the LCU, four Royal Marines and two Royal Naval ratings were all killed. The LCU was taken in tow, but sank before reaching the shore. All those killed on the LCU went down with her and are therefore buried at sea.
Ignoring orders to await the safety of nightfall, knowing the importance of getting equipment forward to where it was needed, LCU F4 set out in daylight and was sunk by bombs and cannon fire from 4 Argentine Skyhawk aircraft in Choiseul Sound on June 6, 1982.
The following words are from Robert’s sister, Mandy Kazmierski:
“Robert was on a landing craft, Foxtrot 4, part of the 4th Assault Squadron on HMS FEARLESS, which was ferrying equipment from Goose Green to Fitzroy. They were urged by some of the locals not to set sail during the day but they had to get equipment across. One of the islanders even offered to guide them at night but they were determined to go during the day.
A Skyhawk spotted them as they were going across, the first bomb missed but the second hit. The crew of the LCU, four Royal Marines and two Royal Naval ratings were all killed The LCU was taken in tow, but sank before reaching the shore. All those killed on the LCU went down with her and are therefore buried at sea.”
Five brave men along with Marine Robert Griffin were lost; Colour Sergeant Brian Johnston QGM, Sergeant R.J. Rotherham, Marine A.J. Rundle, LMEM D. Miller and MEA A.S. James.
Photo: Robert Griffin
In Memory of Marine Robert Griffin
Royal Marines Task Force Landing Craft Squadron who died on the 8th June 1982, Falkland Islands
Written and complied by Thomas Joseph Simpson
Tuesday April 5, 2016