Arthur Douglas Tobkin

Arthur Douglas Tobkin

Branch: U. S. Navy

Rank:  ATN 2(AC), E-5

Status: Honorable Discharge

Date of Service:  3/61 to 3/71

Home Town:  Detroit Lakes, MN

Arthur Douglas Tobkin was born on April 8, 1943 in Perham, Minnesota.  He was the fourth born to parents James Tobkin and Dorothy Mary (Rohr) Tobkin.  His family lived north of Perham, Minnesota. 

In August 1944, his family moved to a farm in Holmesville Township, Becker County, northeast of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

Arthur attended grade school at District 57, a one room rural school two miles from their farm.  He went to Detroit Lakes Junior High School in the fall of 1954, and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1960.

Arthur Douglas Tobkin served on active duty in the US Navy from March 1961 to March 1964. Art served at the Great Lakes Naval  Station, Waukegan, IL,  Naval Air Technical Training Center, Millington, TN, and North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, CA.

Art Tobkin served during the Vietnam War era (2/61 to 5/75).

Art was assigned to Navy Patrol Squadron 31, an Antisubmarine, Reconnaissance, Surveillance aircraft squadron; part of the Pacific Fleet Air Wing 14.

Art’s duties were as a Flight Communications Operator on Martin Marlin Seaplanes, Grumman Albatross amphibious planes and Lockheed Neptune patrol planes.

His flying duties took him to all parts of the Pacific Ocean.

Art Tobkin attained the rank of Aviation Electronics Technician, Navigational/Communications, Air Crewman ATN-2 (AC).

Art Tobkin was separated from the US Navy in March 1964, and joined the US Naval Reserve at the Twin Cities Naval Air Station.  Art continued his duties as a Flight Communications Operator with Patrol Squadron 815 (VP 64E1) until March 1971, when the Twin Cities Naval Air Station was de-activated.