Cobb, Roy, Pvt

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Private
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Infantry
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745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 745, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
Service Years
1934 - 1945

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Belgian Fourragere Netherlands Orange Lanyard Honorably Discharged WW II Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

French Fourragere


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Airborne




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Easy Co. 506 P.I.R. 101st Airborne

Wounded in the plane during the drop into Normandy.
Was on Stick list for 1st Platoon, Chalk 68, Normandy jump
   
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Roy W. Cobb was a soldier who served with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. 101st Airborne Division, in Easy company during World War II. He was played by Craig Heaney in the 10-part television mini-series Band of Brothers.

Roy Cobb was discharged from service after assaulting Lt. Jack Foley, his platoon commander, in Haguenau, after consuming a bottle of schnapps. Handing court-martial papers to Colonel Robert Sink, he said, "Foley, you could have saved us all a lot of trouble. You should have shot him."

He was portrayed in Band of Brothers as a very unfriendly and bitter person. This is thought to be because he served so long in the army but was never promoted. However he is described in Stephen E Ambroses book Band of Brothers as invariably good natured. He had served in the army for 9 years before he joined the Parachute Infantry. In that time he took part in an assault landing in Africa with the 1st Armoured Division and survived a torpedo attack that sank the troop ship he was on when traveling back to the States. During the drop into Normandy, Cobb was wounded in the plane he was in and could not jump. He rejoined Easy Company after they returned from Normandy and parachuted into Holland as a part of the unsuccessful Allied attempt in taking a number of bridges across the Rhine as part of Operation Market Garden. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was selected for a patrol at Haguenau.

The Social Security Death Index states that three men with social security numbers named Roy W. Cobb have died, two of which were old enough to have served in the Army for nine years before joining the parachute infantry. The more likely candidate was from New York and died in North Tonawanda, born June 18, 1914 and died in January 1990. The other was from Ohio and died in Cincinnati, born February 27, 1897 and died July 1, 1966, though this would have put him in his mid-to-late forties during the war, quite old for a paratrooper.



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   1941-1943, 745, 1st Armored Division

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1st Armored Division
The 1st Armored Division is the oldest and most prestigious armored division in the United States Army. From its desert tank battles against Field Marshall Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps, beach landing at Anzio to the end of the war in the Italian Alps. Maintaining a forward presence in the cold war in Germany, its stunning victories in the Persian Gulf War  to the Global War on terrorism in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  In peace or war, the "Old Ironsides" Division has amassed a proud record of service to America. The current home of the Division is at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Unit Motto:

The unit motto is"Iron Soldier." This is used in greeting a senior NCO or Officer of the Division.

Unit Insignia:  The division was nicknamed "Old Ironsides", by its first commander, Major General Bruce R. Magruder, after he saw a picture of the frigate USS Constitution, which is also nicknamed "Old Ironsides". The large "1" at the top represents the numerical designation of the division, and the insignia is used as a basis for most other sub-unit insignias. The cannon represents fire power, the track represents mobility, and the lighting bolt represents speed and shock force.
The three colors, red, yellow, and blue represent the Artillery, Cavalry, and Infantry Branches respectively, which are the colors of the three original combat arms which, when forged into one, created the field of Armor. This "pyramid of power" was devised by the order of then-Lieutenant Col. George S. Patton, Jr. in Bourg, France in early 1918 during Patton's formation and training of the Tank Corps in support of the American Expeditionary Force under General John J. Pershing.

Notable Persons:
 
Commander: MG Orlando Ward He left that post (and was promoted major general) to become the second commander of the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division. He supervised the deployment of his division across the Atlantic to North Africa, which was brought piecemeal (with a layover in Northern Ireland) as part of Operation Torch and subsequent operations. The failure of 1st Armored to arrive intact and deploy as a single entity would have important consequences in later action against German forces in Tunisia.
                         

Commander: MG Ernest N. Harmon Major-General Harmon had been in Thala on the Algerian border, witnessing the stubborn resistance of the British Nickforce, which held the vital road leading into the Kasserine Pass against the heavy pressure of the German 10th Panzer Division, which was under Rommel's direct command.When the U.S. 9th Infantry Division's attached artillery arrived in Thala after a four-day, 800-mile march, it seemed like a godsend to Harmon. The 9th's artillery did stay, and with its 48 guns raining a whole year's worth of a (peacetime) allotment of shells, stopped the advancing Germans in their tracks. Unable to retreat under the withering fire, the Afrika Corps finally withdrew after dark. With the defeat at Thala, Rommel decided to end his offensive. 


 
Commander: MG Martin E. Dempsey In June 2003, then Brigadier General Dempsey assumed command of 1st Armored Division. Dempsey's command of the 1st Armored Division lasted until July 2005 and included 13 months in Iraq, from June 2003 to July 2004. While in Iraq, 1st Armored Division, in addition to its own brigades, had operational command over the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, numerous Army National Guard units and a brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division; the command, called "Task Force Iron" in recognition of the Division's nickname, "Old Ironsides", was the largest division-level command in the history of the United States Army.

It was during this time that the U.S. intervention in Iraq changed dramatically as Fallujah fell to Sunni extremists and supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr built their strength and rose up against American forces. Then Major General Dempsey and his command assumed responsibility for the Area of Operations in Baghdad as the insurgency incubated, grew, and exploded. General Dempsey has been described by Thomas Ricks in his book "Fiasco": "In the capital itself, the 1st Armored Division, after Sanchez assumed control of V Corps, was led by Gen. Martin Dempsey, was generally seen as handling a difficult (and inherited) job well, under the global spotlight of Baghdad." General Dempsey is now serving as the current Joint Chiefs of Staff.

 
MOH Recipient: Pvt Nicholas Minue Nicholas Minue received the Medal of Honor for military service on behalf of the United States of America in World War II. He received this recognition for charging a group of German soldiers that had a machine-gun position near Medjez El Bab, Tunisia. He died during the charge.
                                       
MOH Recipient: 2LT Thomas Fowler Thomas Weldon Fowler was a former student of the Texas A&M University, a United States Army officer, and a recipient of America's highest military decoration "the Medal of Honor" for his actions leading a combined armor-infantry attack near Carano in the Anzio Beachhead Italy in World War II.
 
Silver Star Recipient: T5 Henry Guarnere Henry J. Guarnere, an Army Medic, the brother of the famous Sgt William "Wild Bill" Guarnere of Easy Company, 506th P.I.R., 101st Airborne Division, and a recipient of America's third highest military decoration - the Silver Star. As Army Medical Aidman, he rescued a Soldier during heavy counter battery fire in a gun section that was seriously wounded and unable to reach shelter in Tunisia, Africa during World War II. Tech 5 Henry Guarnere was killed in action on 6th January, 1944 while serving with the 47th Armored Medical Battalion in Northern Italy.


 
 
 
Silver Star Recipient: 2LT John P Souther awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 1st Armored Division during World War II. He called in division artillery on an exposed position of 500 Germans while under direct fire after his vehicle was knocked out by a German 88mm gun. His actions resulted all of the enemy being killed. He later retired as a LTC in the US Army Reserves and was the President of the 1st Armored Division Association in 1990. He wrote several books on his wartime experiences. He passed away in 2006 in Georgia.


 
 
Distinguished Service Cross Recipient: General John Knight Waters , LTC Waters was the son in law of the famous General Patton of II Corps at the time he was taken as a prisoner of war in Tunisia during the battle of of Sidi Bouzid, Feb 1943. He was the commander of the 1st Armored Regiment (light), 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division. 26 March,1945, General Patton set up the controversial Task Force Baum to break him out. The mission was a complete failure. He was later released two weeks later in April 1945 by units of the 14th Armored Division. LTC Waters later retired as a four star general, who served as commander, U.S. Army, Pacific from 1964 to 1966.

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Armored Divisions
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SC Gaines, Roger (Army Chief Admin), LTC 6165
   

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1st Armored Division

Johnson, Eugene, Pvt, (1941-1943) IN 745 Private
Chilton, Robert Clay, CSM, (1942-1972) IN 590 Sergeant
Tedford, Robert Austin, M/Sgt, (1938-1950) IN 814 Sergeant
Tedford, Robert Austin, M/Sgt, (1938-1950) IN 746 Corporal
Magruder, Bruce, MG, (1904-1946) USA 00GC Major General
Ward, Orlando, MG, (1914-1953) USA 00GC Major General
Oliver, Lunsford, MG, (1913-1948) USA 00GC Brigadier General
Stack, Robert, BG, (1917-1953) IN 1542 Brigadier General
Surles, Alexander, MG, (1911-1947) AR 1203 Colonel
Alger, James Dyce, LTG, (1935-1970) SC 0210 Lieutenant Colonel
Killey, Philip Henry, CPT, (1941-1943) AR 1203 Captain
Anderson, H.D., S/Sgt, (1940-1946) CV 761 Staff Sergeant
Lopez, Lydia, Sgt, (1942-1945) OD 660 Sergeant
Gargano, Peter John, T/5, (1941-1943) AR 616 Technician Fifth Grade
Horner, Forest E., PFC, (1942-1943) AR 795 Private First Class
Hasbrouck, Robert Wilson, MG, (1917-1947) 2010 Colonel
Crittenberger, Willis Dale, LTG, (1913-1952) Colonel
Clarke, Bruce Cooper, GEN, (1917-1962) Major
Valentine, Charles, S/Sgt, (1940-1945) CV Staff Sergeant
Millett, Lewis, COL, (1937-1973) Sergeant
Palumbo, Joseph, Cpl, (1940-1945) Corporal
Harmon, Ernest, MG, (1917-1948) Major General
Robinette, Paul, BG, (1917-1946) Brigadier General
Rose, Maurice, MG, (1915-1945) Brigadier General
Sears, Frank Sheldon, LTC, (1939-1966) Captain
Souther, John, LTC, (1940-1964) Second Lieutenant
Carratelli, Horace, 1st Sgt, (1941-1945) Technician Fifth Grade
Guarnere, Henry, T/5, (1942-1944) Technician Fifth Grade
Sommers, Harold Ralph, PFC, (1942-1944) Private First Class
Minue, Nicholas, Pvt, (1926-1943) Private
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Schick, Lawrence, BG, (1920-1961) AG 2210 Major
Morrison, Ivan Leslie, 2LT, (1940-1945) Corporal

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