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Robert G. Cole  1939

Cullum No. 11630-1939 | 9/18/1944 | Died in Holland
Netherlands American Cemetery, Netherlands

 


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Born into an Army family at Fort Sam Houston in 1915,&nbsp;<em>Robert G. Cole</em>&nbsp;grew up surrounded by Army associations pointing toward an Army career. So it was not surprising when he won an appointment and began his four years at West Point in the Class of 1939.</p>
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At West Point Bob was well-liked and an enthusiastic athlete who played B-Squad football for four years. In June 1939 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant of Infantry and, a year later, married his life-long sweetheart, Allie Mae Wilson.</p>
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In early 1941 Bob volunteered for parachute training, won his jump wings and joined the 502nd Parachute Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. He advanced rapidly and by 29 May 1943 was a lieutenant colonel commanding the 3d Battalion. In this assignment he played a key role in the 502nd for the rest of his life. Well-built, with ruggedly handsome features and a strong commanding voice, Bob looked and acted like a leader. Furthermore, he knew soldiers and had a genuine concern for them. His men, in turn, respected and admired Bob; they knew that his strict discipline and tough training were aimed at their survival in combat.</p>
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The 502nd deployed with the 101st Airborne Division to England in 1943. There Bob initiated a rigorous training regimen to prepare his battalion to invade &ldquo;Fortress Europe.&rdquo; In the spring of 1944, training began focusing on OVERLORD, the plan to invade Europe via the Cherbourg Peninsula.</p>
<p>
OVERLORD had the 101st landing at night by parachute and glider at H minus 4 hours, with the principal mission of neutralizing defenses of Utah Beach, where amphibious landings would begin at H Hour. Mission details had been changing almost daily, but once the units arrived at the marshalling areas in May 1944, the missions were solidified and all ranks were told their jobs.</p>
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Bob&rsquo;s battalion was to support the 2nd Battalion in destroying a 122mm coastal battery dominating Utah Beach and then capture causeways 3 and 4 from Utah Beach. The 502nd drop zone was just inland from the coastal battery.</p>
<p>
OVERLORD was launched the night of 5-6 June. The cross-channel flight went well, but, low clouds and unexpectedly heavy flak over Normandy caused troop carrier units to break formations and lose orientation, resulting in a badly dispersed drop for most of the division, including Cole&rsquo;s battalion. Initially Bob found only four of his men. But as the night wore on he collected more of his own men and those from other units and moved toward the coastal battery. Shortly before reaching the battery Bob learned it was already destroyed, so he redirected his scratch force of 75 men to a successful attack and capture of Causeways 3 and 4.</p>
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At 1300 hours on D-Day, Bob linked up with the 4th Division which had landed across Utah Beach. By nightfall Bob had collected 250 men and been placed in regimental reserve.</p>
<p>
The 3rd Battalion&rsquo;s next heavy action was an attack along the highway from La Croix Pan to Carentan. This paved road, quite straight and level, became a causeway, with four bridges spanning canals and the Douve River. The road was only six to nine feet above marshland, flooded fields, canals and the river and restricted the attack to the road/causeway itself&mdash; which was exposed to fire from every direction.</p>
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After a day and a night of heavy fighting and severe losses, Bob had gotten a force past bridge 4 onto the Carentan side of the Douve, but the enemy still contested every advance, primarily from a farm house surrounded by hedgerows. Even heavy artillery fire failed to suppress the enemy fire. Bob saw his options as either continuing to infiltrate his men or directly assaulting the strong point. He chose the latter and yelled over to his executive officer, &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to order artillery smoke and then make a bayonet charge on the house.&rdquo; Major Stopka yelled back, &ldquo;OK.&rdquo; Bob then told Stopka to pass the word to fix bayonets, reload and prepare to charge when Bob blew his whistle. At 0615 Bob lifted the artillery fire and blew his whistle. On Bob&rsquo;s left Major Stopka was yelling, &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s go! Over the hedge!&rdquo; But as Bob looked back, he saw only a few men up and running. He thought, &ldquo;my men have let me down.&rdquo; Actually, confusion in getting the orders down to the men had caused their failure to respond, but more men joined in as they saw him leading the charge. Bob ran on, urging his men to fan out and keep moving, while meanwhile firing his pistol and yelling, &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know what I&rsquo;m shooting at, but I gotta keep on.&rdquo; Some men, hearing that comment, broke into laughter in spite of the danger all about them.</p>
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Disorganized as it was, the charge nevertheless captured the farmhouse position. But, as Bob mustered his unit&mdash; now scarcely more than a hundred men&mdash;he realized at what a terrible cost. For his actions in this fight, Bob was nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor.</p>
<p>
Sadly, he didn&rsquo;t live to receive the award. In Holland, in September 1944, while attacking the heavily defended town of Best, Bob called for air support which mistakenly strafed Bob&rsquo;s positions. When Bob ran out in front of his men to direct the laying of identification panels, a German sniper shot Bob squarely in the temple&mdash;killing him instantly. He died as he had lived, unafraid, with his first thoughts for his men.</p>
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In the beautiful and immaculate Maargraten Cemetery in Holland, Bob&rsquo;s tombstone is a special one reserved for winners of our country&rsquo;s highest award for valor. Bob&rsquo;s heritage of Duty performed with Honor and courage for his men and his Country remains fresh and clear in the hearts of all of us who knew him. Here was a MAN!</p>

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