Van Bogart, Robert, S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
746-Automatic Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1945, 746, 6th Army
Service Years
1937 - 1945

Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
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Last Address
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Casualty Date
Mar 05, 1945
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Basic Training (Camp Roberts, CA), A
 Unit Assignments
ARNG, MinnesotaArmy Garrison Camp Roberts, CA32nd Infantry Division6th Army
  1937-1941, ARNG, Minnesota
  1942-1942, Army Garrison Camp Roberts, CA
  1942-1945, 746, 32nd Infantry Division
  1942-1945, 746, 6th Army
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II2
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Leyte
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)4
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
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    Uncle Robert  grew up on a small milk farm, in St Paul, Minnesota. He was the second eldest of six boys, and drove the milk route for his father. He enlisted in Nation Guard about 1937, and worked for Armor & Co. in St Paul, Mn., where he married  in 1941. After being called to active duty, he trained at Camp Roberts, Calif. and was scheduled to go to Europe. But they were shipped to Australia, to counter the Japanese offencive the the Pacific in early December 1942. 

     Due to the urgency in New Guinea the 127th was pressed in to combat and became a part of the Urbana Force, ordered to take Buna Mission. The Battle for Buna was the first Allied Victory in the Pacific. After mopping up the remaining Japanese resistance on Giruwa Island they returned to Australia for rehabilitation and training  for the Mountain and Jungle fighting that would follow.

     Continuing the Island hopping campaigns,  Robert received a Bronze Star during fighting along the Driniumor River, Aitepe, while they were holding off a fierce Japanese counteroffinsive attempting to recapture Tadji Air Field. He suffered a leg wound, he called a scratch, in a letter home, in the invasion of Leyte, taking "Hill 400" held by the Japanese Imperial 1st Division, in December 1944. After recovering from his wound Robert returned to his unit for the Invasion of Luzon. Fighting their way along the Villa Verde Trail, through heavily fortified Japanese emplacements and often hand to hand combat, Robert was killed by a sniper, while leading a combat patrol on the Villa Verde Trail,  Luzon, Philippines, March 1945.

                                       Distinguished Service Cross  
           For extraordinary heroism in action near, Santa Maria, Pangasinan Province, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 5 March 1945. When Staff Sergeant Van Bogart's platoon, leading a combat patrol, ran into heavy enemy fire from snipers and a well concealed machine gun, a number of his men were wounded. His platoon pinned down, Sgt. Van Bogart crawled forward alone, in the face of this fire to reach the top of a near by ridge. There, he deliberately exposed himself to draw the enemy's fire, and as bullets struck close by him, he located and killed two snipers. Crawling back, he ordered his men to assault the machine gun, which he also spotted.
        He took the lead, and again made his way to the ridge where he stood in full view of the enemy and delivered steady rifle fire against their position.  His men, inspired by his fearless example, launched an attack which quickly disposed of the emplacement. Moving out to locate remaining snipers, Sgt. Van Bogart was hit and killed. His unhesitating willingness to expose himself to danger and his skilled battlefield leadership saved the lives of many of his comrades and made possible the further progress of the patrol.

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