Robert Lee Pitts

Former USS Bennion crew member Robert Lee Pitts at the ships reunion in San Diego, California.Robert Lee Pitts was a Fire Controlman 3rd Class aboard the Bennion. He was born and raised in Falling Water, Tennessee. After World War II he went to work as a telephone repairman for South Central Bell where he met his first wife, who passed away in 1976. During this time, he also joined the Army National Guard and he was called to active duty during the Korean War. He spent his time during this war in France teaching radar technology to the French. He retired from SCB in the early 1980s due to a heart condition that did not allow him to climb the poles. He was an artist in many different media, but his passion was painting. He spent many many years attending art and craft shows selling his paintings and some of his crafts. In the late 1980s he moved to Kentucky and then to Ohio where he spent the remainder of his life painting, crafting, and helping to raise three of his five grandchildren. He was a member of the local VFW and enjoyed spending time with his fellow veterans. Robert was married three times and was still married to his third wife when he passed away in November 2010. His family still remembers how later in his life he so looked forward to attending the reunions held in honor of the Bennion and "her" men. His favorite was Hershey, Pennsylvania where the reunion was held twice.