|Pfc. Robert Burrows served in the 42nd Infantry Division with these troops.|
Robert E. Burrows never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on May 22, 1917 in South Carolina. His parents were also both born in South Carolina. His father was a farmer. Robert had six older sisters and one older brothers, plus one younger sister and one younger brother (who also served during the war). By 1940 Robert had completed high school (where he was valedictorian) and moved from his parent's farm to Charleston where he worked as a salesman and lived with his wife Ruth and daughter.
Robert enlisted in the US Army on March 25, 1944. He shipped out for Europe in January 1945. He became a private first class in the 142nd Engineers Combat Battalion attached to the 42nd Infantry Division.
On March 15, 1945 the 42nd Infantry Division launched an attack in the Hardt Forest to break through the Siegfried Line that would last seven days. Pfc. Burrows died on the first day of the advance.
His remains were returned to be buried at Williamsburg Presbyterian Cemetery in Kingstree, South Carolina. I don't know what happened to his widow or daughter.
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