Cole, Robert G, LTC

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Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 101st Airborne Division
Service Years
1934 - 1944


Lieutenant Colonel

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Last Address
Fort Sam Houston

Casualty Date
Sep 18, 1944
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Master Parachutist (1 Combat Jump)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Battalion, 15th Infantry 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)101st Airborne Division
  1939-1941, 2nd Battalion, 15th Infantry
  1941-1941, 745, HHC, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
  1942-1942, 745, HHC, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
  1943-1943, 745, HHC, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
  1944-1944, HHC, 3rd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
  1944-1944, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Battle for Carentan/Cole's charge
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1935-1939, United States Military Academy
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Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division.

Place and date: Near Carentan, France, 11 June 1944.


For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty on 11 June 1944, in France. Lt. Col. Cole was personally leading his battalion in forcing the last 4 bridges on the road to Carentan when his entire unit was suddenly pinned to the ground by intense and withering enemy rifle, machinegun, mortar, and artillery fire placed upon them from well-prepared and heavily fortified positions within 150 yards of the foremost elements. After the devastating and unceasing enemy fire had for over 1 hour prevented any move and inflicted numerous casualties, Lt. Col. Cole, observing this almost hopeless situation, courageously issued orders to assault the enemy positions with fixed bayonets. With utter disregard for his own safety and completely ignoring the enemy fire, he rose to his feet in front of his battalion and with drawn pistol shouted to his men to follow him in the assault. Catching up a fallen man's rifle and bayonet, he charged on and led the remnants of his battalion across the bullet-swept open ground and into the enemy position. His heroic and valiant action in so inspiring his men resulted in the complete establishment of our bridgehead across the Douve River. The cool fearlessness, personal bravery, and outstanding leadership displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Cole reflect great credit upon himself and are worthy of the highest praise in the military service.

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