Patrolman Robert V. Bastin

Patrolman Robert V. Bastin

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, March 7, 1953

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Robert V. Bastin

Patrolman Robert Bastin was killed when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver at the intersection of West Court and John Streets. The suspect was apprehended and charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving. He was found guilty of reckless driving and was fined with a license suspension for six months.

Patrolman Bastin had served with the Cincinnati Police Division for two years and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps where he served at Okinawa and received the purple heart and bronze star during World War II. He was survived by his wife, mother, three sisters, and a brother, and is buried in Walnut Hills Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 230
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Guilty of reckless driving

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Robert, better known as Junie to family , was my uncle, my dad Ben Bastin’s younger brother. He was well loved by his family and friends. He never met his daughter Bobby Lynn, as he was killed in 1953 months before her birth. He was a decorated WWII veteran and was wounded while fighting in Japan.
He and his wife Millie were very happy together and enjoyed teaching dance at the Fred McMurray dance studio.
He has always been in my memory and my heart. I will never forget how saddened his death was for my family , especially for my dad and his wife.
So Thank you uncle Junie for your service, may you Rest In Peace knowing how much you were missed and loved.❤️

Sally Bastin Crutcher
Robert’s niece

May 30, 2021

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