Thursday, February 22, 2024

Avenue of Heroes: Robert Murline

Prepared by: Allison Murline Logan (daughter)

CDR Robert Allison Hines Murline, USN (Ret), a three-war veteran, was born July 26, 1921, in Abingdon, Virginia. He graduated from Plainville High School in Mariemont, Ohio, in 1941. Following high school, he briefly attended Ohio Mechanical Institute and the University of Cincinnati.

In 1941 he applied for and received an appointment to the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, graduating in 1944. Called to naval service, he served as an engineering officer on the USS George Elliott (AP 105). After the war he returned to Cincinnati as the recruiting officer for Organized Reserve Unit. He was called back into the military during the Korean War and served aboard the USS Taconic (AGC 17).

Following the Korean War, CDR Murline began ascending the ranks, serving aboard a variety of ships and excelling as a Marine Engineer. In 1961 he assumed command of the minesweeper MSO 427, USS Constant, and led a goodwill tour of the Philippines and other Asian countries. This was followed by a tour as Sub-Chief, US Naval Mission Bogota, Colombia.

During the Vietnam War he served as Commanding Officer of a group of mine sweepers that figured predominantly in OPERATION MARKET TIME β€” a joint Navy/Coast Guard operation designed to prevent North Vietnamese ships from supplying enemy forces in South Vietnam by sea. This historic operation stopped virtually all seaborne infiltration from
North Vietnam into South Vietnam. CDR Murline then served as the chief of staff of Naval Beach Group ONE in Coronado before reporting to his final duty station β€” the 15th Naval District in Canal Zone, Balboa, Panama.

Retiring from military service, Robert continued working for the Navy riding ships back from Hawaii and documenting needed repairs. He enjoyed a unique brush with history having spent time aboard the former Hughes Glomar Explorer β€” the focal point of the secret 1974
CIA effort to recover a sunken Soviet submarine. Upon full retirement, Robert enjoyed traveling, managing his Coronado rental properties, and participating in the Kings Point Alumni association. Passing away in 1992, his ashes were scattered at sea off San Diego. His wife of 44 years, Jean Berry, passed away in 1997. They are survived by their three children, Robert Jr, Allison, and David.

The Avenue of Heroes Program is a military service recognition program sponsored by the City of Coronado. Introduced in 2014, the program has honored 230 hometown heroes to date. On May 20, 2023, another 15 were honored. City staff and volunteers from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2422, the Coronado Historical Association and the Third and Fourth Streets Neighborhood Association oversee its operation.Β In 2011, the program was inspired spontaneously with the movement of two Navy SEALs to their final resting place. News spread quickly throughout the city and the local Rotary Club passed out American flags. People lined Fourth Street to honor the fallen service members. As the procession approached the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, a lone Navy SEAL stood at attention, saluting as he waited for the passage of his comrades. At that moment, it was clear that Third and Fourth streets were already an Avenue of Heroes. From that spontaneous beginning, the program was launched in May 2015 with 18 banners. Ceremonies are held twice yearly and men and women with ties to the community have been recognized from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. The Avenue of Heroes program is a reminder that Coronado has a rich history and legacy of service to country.

Bella Villarin
Bella Villarin
Bella is a proud military brat who has been a resident of Coronado since 2015. She was born in Japan, and after a short stay in Virginia, traveled extensively throughout Asia while living in Singapore and picking up another language. A senior at Coronado High School, Bella can be found at the driving range or golf course when not in school, studying, writing, playing the guitar, or spending time with her family. Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: [email protected]

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