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Robert Donald Keen

Engineer-ScientistWashington, DC

Los Alamos, NMOak Ridge, TN
EngineerManhattan Project VeteranMilitary Veteran
Robert Donald Keen

Robert Keen enlisted in the military on December 28, 1944 and began his training for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in January of 1945. In April 1945, Keen was assigned to to the 9812th Technical Service Unit and began working at Oak Ridge. After two months at Oak Ridge, he was transferred to Los Alamos where he worked as an engineer-scientist. Keen's work was highly technical, including the design and maintenance of specialized equipment. In 1946, he was discharged from military service.

Robert Donald Keen's Timeline
1920 Feb 19th Born in Sterling, Colorado.
1941 Earned an associates degree in Mechanical Engineering from Los Angeles City College.
1944 Dec 28th Enlisted in the army.
1945 Jan 9th Began training for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
1945 Apr Assigned to the 9812th Technical Service Unit of the Corps of Engineers.
19451946 Worked on the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge and Los Alamos.
1946 Discharged from military service.

Poem about Los Alamos written by Robert Keen

Robert Keen celebrating Christmas with his family, Los Alamos, 1945

A Postcard about Robert Keens' Journey to Los Alamos, January 5, 1945

Letter from General Leslie Groves congratulating all military personnel for their work on the Manhattan Project, August 9, 1945

A Letter about Robert Keens written by J. Robert Oppenheimer, April 10, 1946

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