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Evans, Robert, BG USA(Ret).
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Home Town Jackson
Last Address Not Specified
Date of Passing Jul 31, 1926
Location of Interment American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates Not Specified
Last Known Activity Commissioned in June 1875 as 2LT of Infantry.
Awarded Silver Star Pin for gallantry in Cuba (1898) and gallantry in Philppines (1901).
Awarded DSM for service in Philippines during WWI.
Retired in December 1918.
US Army, Pacific (USARPAC) traces its history back to 1898, when the United States first became a Pacific power and American soldiers first arrived in Hawaii. Hawaii soon became a power-projection platform for military operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Fort Shafter was built in 1905-07 and in 1921 became the headquarters for the Hawaiian Department.
When Army and Navy forces in Hawaii and the Philippines came under attack on December 7, 1941, Hawaii quickly became a strategic hub. The Hawaiian Department became the Army component command under the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas. As the campaigns progressed, the command was designated US Army Forces, Central Pacific Area (1943-44); US Army Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas (1944-45); and US Army Forces, Middle Pacific (1945-47). Its insignia, designed in 1944, depicted the axis of advance across the Central Pacific.