Wolverton, Robert Lee, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 1542, 101st Airborne Division
Service Years
1938 - 1944

Infantry

Lieutenant Colonel



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1914
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Elkins, West Virginia
Last Address
Caen, France

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
France
Conflict
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
Location of Interment
U.S. Military Academy West Point Post Cemetery - West Point, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Unknown

 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere Netherlands Orange Lanyard


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
D - Day FallenWorld War II Fallen
  1944, D - Day Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Senior Parachutist (2 Combat Jumps)

 
 Unit Assignments
27th Infantry Regiment1st Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
  1938-1940, 1542, 27th Infantry Regiment
  1940-1942, 1542, 1st Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment/HHC
  1942-1943, 1542, RHHC, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) 101st Airborne Division
  1943-1944, 1542, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment
  1944-1944, 1542, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
 Colleges Attended 
Davis and Elkins CollegeUnited States Military Academy
  1932-1934, Davis and Elkins College
  1935-1938, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Col. Robert Lee Wolverton was the commander of the American 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne, from 1942 until his death on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Before the Normandy Landing the men were called together, and they stood in an orchard on either side of a low earthen mound which fenced the fields. Upon the earthen hedgerow stood Lt. Col. Robert L. Wolverton, commanding officer of 3rd battalion, 506th PIR. And the colonel said:

"Men, I am not a religious man and I don't know your feelings in this matter, but I am going to ask you to pray with me for the success of the mission before us. And while we pray, let us get on our knees and not look down but up with faces raised to the sky so that we can see God and ask his blessing in what we are about to do.

"God almighty, in a few short hours we will be in battle with the enemy. We do not join battle afraid. We do not ask favors or indulgence but ask that, if You will, use us as Your instrument for the right and an aid in returning peace to the world.

"We do not know or seek what our fate will be. We ask only this, that if die we must, that we die as men would die, without complaining, without pleading and safe in the feeling that we have done our best for what we believed was right.

"Oh Lord, protect our loved ones and be near us in the fire ahead and with us now as we pray to you."

All were silent for two minutes as the men were left, each with his individual thoughts. Then the colonel ordered, "Move out."

A few hours later, Wolverton was killed by German machine gun fire in an orchard outside St. Come-du-Mont, Normandy, France.

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