Landess, Robert Henderson, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 1542, 3rd Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1937 - 1942



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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
162 Edge Hill Road, Milton MA

Casualty Date
Nov 09, 1942
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot H, Row 4, Grave 12

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2004, World War II Fallen3
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
US Army Reserve Command (USARC)26th Infantry Regiment1st Infantry Division
  1937-1941, 1542, USAR Control Group
  1941-1942, 1542, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry/B Company
  1941-1942, 1542, 1st Infantry Division
  1942-1942, 1542, 3rd Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)
  1942-1942 Operation Torch/Center Task Force
 Colleges Attended 
Boston University
  1932-1937, Boston University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Early Life:  Born in Wilmington, Del., he attended public school in Braintree.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. James K. Landess, lived at 162 Edge Hill Road, Milton MA.

Academic Experience:  Graduated from BU in 1937 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism.  During his college years he was a member of Kappa Phi Alpha, Scabbard and Blade, Benjamin Edes Society, a student assistant in the BU Public City Bureau in his sophomore year and  the on the Committee for the ROTC’s Tenth Annual Military Ball in his senior year.  Following his graduation he was employed by Tamblyn and Brown as publicity assistant for the Charles Hayden Memorial Fund Campaign, but retained his job as assistant to Miss Eleanor Mosely, director of the BU Public City Bureau until he joined the Army as a First Lieutenant in July, 1941.

Military Journal:  He was promoted to Captain of Infantry in 1942 and joined the 3rd Battalion of the 26th Regimental Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division preparing for Operation Torch in North Africa.  Shortly after the amphibious invasion of Algeria, he was Killed In Action on November 9, 1942.  For the heroism that marked his death at Djebel Murdjadjo, COL Robert. L. Collins (pictured above left) placed the army’s tribute to her father’s gallantry (Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart) into the hands of little Ann Hamilton Landess, his six-week old daughter that he never had the occasion to meet.  Newspapers around the nation shared his story and this poignant photo.  It was featured on page 32 of LIFE Magazine, April 12, 1943.  He is buried in Plot H Row 4 Grave 12, North Africa American Cemetery, Tunis, Tunisia.

Post-Military:  He was survived by his parents, a younger brother, his wife – the former Miss Helen Reilly of Boston and his daughter, Ann Hamilton Landess.
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