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PREGLER, Robert L.
Photo courtesy: John Pregler
Pregler, Robert L. (Dubuque, IA, Jul 31, 1920 – Coon Rapids, MN, Dec 5, 2009). In 1942, Pregler became the first Iowan to graduate from the United States Maritime Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, Long Island. At the time of his commissioning, Pregler was awarded the Merchant Marine Service Bar from the War Shipping Administration in recognition of facing direct enemy action. Pregler served in the hazardous North Atlantic during WORLD WAR II guiding and protecting merchant ships taking war supplies to England under President Roosevelt’s Lend-Lease policy.
Pregler served for over six decades as the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy regional recruiter for the state of Iowa.
After the war, Pregler put his engineering degree earned at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy to use, eventually becoming production manager of the Apple River Chemical Plant in East Dubuque, Illinois.
Pregler, John. e-mail, June 29, 2017