|Cpl. Robert Taylor was in combat with the 28th Infantry Division in Normandy for less than one month.|
Robert R. Taylor never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on March 14, 1918 in Texas. His father was also born in Texas and his mother was born in Nebraska. I don't know what happened to his parents but by 1930 Robert and his older sister were living with his mom's sister and his grandfather on his grandfather's farm. He completed four years of high school and worked as a mechanic.
He was drafted into the army on November 2, 1943. He became a corporal in Company K, 3rd Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division (nicknamed "Keystone"). The 28th ID arrived in Normandy on July 22, 1944 and was assigned to fight in the St. Lo sector. I was not able to determine the details of Cpl. Taylor's demise east of the Egrenne River on August 16, 1944. The 28th ID saw heavy fighting in WW2. The Germans referred to them as the Bloody Bucket Division and it suffered nearly 17,000 casualties during ten months in action.
His grave is at Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan, Texas.
Last year on this date I profiled Pearl Harbor survivor B-17 navigator Leo Eminger, who later crash-landed in the waters off Guadalcanal. You can read about Leo here.
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