Detective Robert R. Monette

Detective Robert R. Monette

Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, December 19, 1968

Robert R. Monette

Detective Robert Monette and Officer Roger McClung drowned during a dive team training exercise in Lake Wesley.

During the training a third officer began to suffer trouble in the water. Detective Monette and Officer McClung saved the officer but drowned doing so.

Detective Monette was a Vietnam War veteran and had served with the Virginia Beach Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, 6-month-old daughter, and 2-year-old son.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 43rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service as a police officer and as a Vietnam veteran. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 19, 2011

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