T/Sgt Robert G David Name : Robert G David
Rank : Tech Sergeant
Regiment : 311th Infantry Regiment
Division : 78th Infantry Division
Entered Service from : South Dakota
Date of Birth : unknown
Date of Death : 1 March 1945
Place of Death : Vicinity Tillet (B)
In Henri-Chapelle : Plot E, Row 10, Grave 26
Awards : Purple Heart

Bob David's Story ...

Robert G. (Bob) David attended school in Rapid City, SD. While in school, he lived with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Cauley. His mother, Margaret Roberts, was living in San Diego, California. Robert graduated from Rapid City High School in 1939. During high school, Robert was on the first team in basketball for most of his high school years and also was in football and track. He was also a member of the International Studentsí Society, R Club, Student Council, and the Pine Needle Staff.



Rapid City, South Dakota

Robert David entered the service in 1942-1943. He trained in North Carolina at Camp Butner for two years. Technical Sergeant David was sent overseas to fight in the European theater during September of 1944. He fought through France, Germany, and Belgium, where he served as a technical sergeant in the 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th (the famous Lightning Division) Division of the First Army.



Tower of Camp Butner NC today

On March 1 and 2, The Roer-River was crossed, and the 78th Infantry Division moved into new positions at Vettweis, against heavy resistance Weilerweis, Kloster Mariawald and Langendorf were captured. During these battkes Bob was killed in action on March 1, 1945, in Germany.



soldiers of the 78th infantry Division taking a time out
St.Vith, Belgium

These days Bob David is put to rest in the beautiful American Military Cemetery at Henri-Chapelle ... He is remembered and honored by his entire family, by the people of the State of South Dakota, by every visitor of the Henri-Chapelle cemetery and by everyone who visits the In-Honored-Glory website



a picture of Bob David's final resting place will appear here shortly !

Special thanks Mary Grode, Sarah Whites, Mrs. Ann Nichols, the Rapid City Journal and Sheila Hansen of the WWII Memorial project of the Fallen Sons and Daughters of South Dakota

A link to the South Dakota WWII Memorial can be found under the links-section "Research & Information"

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published February 29, 2008