Layton, Robert Van, M/Sgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1745-Infantry First Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1953, 1745, A Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry
Service Years
1943 - 1953

Master Sergeant

Three Service Stripes

Ten Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Dec 02, 1950
Hostile, Died while Missing
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 66, Site 1228

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War FallenN/AKorean War Veterans Association (KWVA)Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1995, Korean War Fallen5
  2008, Combat Infantrymen's Association, N/A (Member) [Verified]
  2008, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Auto Rifle
Machine Gun

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Battalion, 310th Regiment (TS)(INF)78th Infantry Division7th Infantry Division31st Regimental Combat Team - Task Force Faith
1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry
  1943-1945, 745, 2nd Battalion, 310th Regiment (TS)(INF)
  1943-1945, 745, 78th Infantry Division
  1949-1950, 1745, 7th Infantry Division
  1950-1950, 31st Regimental Combat Team - Task Force Faith
  1950-1953, 1745, A Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II1
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Battle of St. Lo
  1944-1944 Northern France Campaign (1944)/Operation Cobra
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Northern France Campaign (1944)/Falaise Pocket
  1944-1944 Northern France Campaign (1944)/Battle of Arracourt
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Metz
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1945-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Advance to the Rhine
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Battle of the Ruhr Pocket
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite2
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Master Sergeant Layton was a veteran of World War II. In Korea he was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy on the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea on December 2, 1950. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.

  Layton was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division (making up the 31st Regimental Combat Team).  The RCT was engaged against the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces along the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea.  After intense fighting from Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 1950, the battalion was forced to abandon its position, leaving its dead behind.  Layton was listed as missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950, and was later presumed killed in action.


Between 2002 and 2004, joint U.S. and Democratic People's Republic of North Korea teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, seven times excavated a mass burial site associated with the 31st RCT along the eastern shore of the Chosin Reservoir.  The team found human remains and other material evidence, including Layton's identification tag and part of his billfold containing a newspaper clipping reporting on a Bronze Star being awarded to 'Sgt. Robert Layton' circa 1944.

For his leadership and valor, Master Sergeant Layton was awarded two Bronze Stars with V device, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Infantryman's Badge 2nd award, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Layton won a Bronze Star for valor in World War II and was wounded twice. His European campaign ribbon bears four battle stars.

He is to be buried today November 28, 2006 at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington D.C. 

MOS  2745
SN RA35792464

NOTE: This profile was originally put together by Sgt. Robert Briggs, US Army, who is now deceased. I thank him for all the research and time that he put into this profile.

Below is a link to Lancaster online, it is a newspaper article with an interview with Robert Layton's youngest daughter.
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