Robert A. LANE

 

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NUMBER OF SERVICEO-318930
AGE31 yo
DATE OF BIRTHJanuary 1913, to  Marietta OHIO
ETATOHIO
FAMILY--
RANKMajor
FONCTION--
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENT-OH
DATE of ENLISTEMENT13 December 1940
Fort Benning GEORGIA
 COMPANYCombat Command "B"
DIVISION 2nd Armored Division
"Hell on Wheels" - « Enfer sur Roues »
DATE OF DEATH23 august 1944lane robert tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHConche
CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY of Colleville

Map of Normandy American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
A741
DECORATION

Bronze Star

Purple Heart

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STORY

Robert A. Lane, born January, 1913, in Marietta, Ohio, graduated from The Ohio State University in June, 1934. He entered active duty on December 13, 1940.

Sent directly to Ft. Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to the Second Armored Division. Robert trained in maneuvers in Tennessee, Louisiana and Carolina under the leadership of George S. Patton.

Lt. Lane left his wife and three young children in Frederick, Maryland, and shipped with the Second Armored Division to North Africa, late 1942.

The battle won quickly, the Division settled in the Cork Forest near Rabat in Morocco. They celebrated the 1943 New Year in a land quite foreign to the men.

In May they headed east, preparing to battle in Sicily. Under General Patton, Sicily was liberated in July, 1943. Captain Lane received two stars for his battles in Sicily.

In November, the Division shipped past Gibraltar, entered Great Britain and moved into barracks at Tidworth, England. Their Christmas was not quite so merry in the war worn country.

The Second Armored Division sailed to Normandy, and began tank battles along the hedgerows by June 9. Major Lane fought in the horrific battle of St. Lo.

His unit helped in closing the Falaise Gap. By August, the Second Armored was pushing close to Germany. The month of August was filled with awful battles and a high death rate.

On August 23, 1944, around 1:30 in the afternoon, very neat Conche, France, Major Robert A. Lane was hit by a Nebelwefer rocket. He was killed instantly.

Three small children and a loving wife received the worst telegram on September 10.


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UNITS-UNITES

Headquarters Company
Service Company
Combat Command A
Combat Command B

41st Armored Infantry Regiment
66th Armored Regiment
67th Armored Regiment
17th Armored Engineer Battalion
82nd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion



142nd Armored Signal Company
2nd Armored Division Artillery
14th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
78th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
92nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion

2nd Armored Division Trains
2nd Ordnance Maintenance Battalion
Supply Battalion
48th Armored Medical Battalion
Military Police Platoon









INDIVUDUALS AWARDS-DECORATIONS INDIVIDUELLES

Distinguished Service Cross21
Legion of Merit13
Silver Star1 954
Soldiers Medal131
Bronze Star5 331
Air Medal342
  
PWs Taken76 963

CASUALTIES (Tentative)-VICTIMES

Killed1 102
Wounded5 331
Missing253
Captured65
Battle Casualties6 751
Non-Battle Casualties7 116
Total Casualties13 867

CHRONOLOGY-CHRONOLOGIE

Activated15 Jul 1940
Arrived ETO24 Nov 1943
Arrived Continent (D+3)9 Jun 1944
Entered Combat 
First Elements13 Jun 1944*
Enitre Division2 Jul 1944
*Previous Combat - North Africa and Sicile

CAMPAIGNS-CAMPAGNE

Normandy
Northern France
Ardennes
Rhineland
Central Europe

COMMAND POSTS-POSTE de COMMANDEMENT

DATETOWNREGIONCOUNTRY

1943

27 NovemberTidworthWiltshireEngland

1944

7 JuneSt-Laurent-sur-MerCalvadosFrance
10 JuneLa MineCalvadosFrance
2 JulySt-Paul-du-Vernay (vic NW)CalvadosFrance
18 JulyLa MineCalvadosFrance
24 JulyLe DezertMancheFrance
25 JulyPont Herbert (vic W)MancheFrance
26 JulyNotre-Dame-de-Cenilly (vic SW)MancheFrance
3 AugustPercy (vic S)MancheFrance
4 Aug ustCourson (vic N)MancheFrance
7 AugustLe Teilleul (1 Mi NE)MancheFrance
10 AugustBarenton (2 Mi W)MancheFrance
18 AugustSees (1 mi S)OrneFrance
19 AugustLongny-au-Perche (vic W)OrneFrance
20 AugustBrezolles (vic N)Eure-et-LoireFrance
25 AugustLe Neubourg (3 mi S)EureFrance
27 AugustMantes-Gassicourt (4 mi W)EureFrance
30 AugustMagny-en-Vexin (vic N)Seinte-et-OiseFrance
31 AugustBeauvais (2 mi S)OiseFrance
1 SeptemberPeronne (vic NW)SommeFrance
2 SepemberRumesHainautBelgium
6 SepemberArchennes (vic W)BrabantBelgium
8 Sep emberLouvain (vic SE)BrabantBelgium
9 SepemberHasselt (4 mi W)LimbourgBelgium
16 SepemberMaastricht (2 mi NE)LimburgNetherlands
18 SepemberSchimmertLimburgNetherlands
19 SepemberOirsbeek (1 mi SE)LimburgNetherlands
4 OctoberNieuwenhagenLimburgNetherlands
9 OctoberGrotenrathRhinelandGermany
11 OctoberWaubachLimburgNetherlands
11 NovemberPalenberg (1/2 mi E)RhinelandGermany
17 NovemberUbach (1 mi SE)RhinelandGermany
24 NovemberBaesweiler (1/2 mi SE)RhinelandGermany
22 DecemberHavelange (2 mi S)NamurBelgium
25 DecemberMohiville (1 mi W)NamurNamur
28 DecemberLeignonNamurBelgium
29 DecemberMohiville (1 mi W)NamurBelgium

1945

2 JanuaryWerisLuxembourgBelgium
 
7 JanuaryFisenneLuxembourgBelgium
 
11 JanuaryErpignyLuxembourgBelgium
 
13 JanuaryOdeigneLuxembourgBelgium
 
14 JanuarySt-Jean (Farm)LuxembourgBelgium
 
20 JanuaryFlorzeLiegeBelgium
 
3 FebruaryGulpen (1 mi W)LimburgNetherlands
 
24 FebruaryAachen (2 mi NW)RhinelandGermany
 
27 FebruaryMerschRhinelandGermany
 
28 FebruaryGarzweilerRhinelandGermany
 
1 MarchGlehnRhinelandGermany
 
2 MarchHeideRhinelandGermany
 
3 MarchKrefeld (4 mi S)RhinelandGermany
 
14 MarchSchiefbahnRhinelandGermany
 
28 MarchBruckhausenWestphaliaGermany
 
29 MarchAltschermbeckWestphaliaGermany
 
30 MarchHullern (1 mi E)WestphaliaGermany
 
31 MarchWalsteddeWestphaliaGermany
 
1 AprilStrombergWestphaliaGermany
 
2 AprilSchloss HolteWestphaliaGermany
 
4 AprilLemgoWestphaliaGermany
 
5 AprilSchwobberHannoverGermany
 
7 AprilElzeHannoverGermany
 
10 AprilSoderHannoverGermany
 
11 AprilHornburgHannoverGermany
 
12 AprilKlein WanzlebenHannoverGermany
 
13 AprilGross OtterslebenHannoverGermany
 
21 AprilWolfenbuttelHannoverGermany
 
12 AprilKlein WanzlebenHannoverGermany

ASSIGNMENT AND ATTACHMENT To Higher Units-ASSIGNE et ATTACHE

DATECORPSARMYARMY - GROUP
AssignedAttachedAssignedAttached
24 Nov 1943 First ETOUSA
27 Nov 1943VIIFirst  
8 Feb 1944XIXFirst  
12 Jun 1944VFirst  
18 Jul 1944VIIFirst  
2 Aug 1944XIXFirst 12th
7 Aug 1944VIIFirst 12th
13 Aug 1944XIXFirst 12th
18 Aug 1944VFirst 12th
19 Aug 1944XIXFirst 12th
28 Aug 1944XVFirst 12th
29 Aug 1944XIXFirst 12th
22 Oct 1944XIXNinth 12th
22 Dec 1944VIIFirst 12th Br 21st
18 Jan 1945VIIFirst 12th -
16 Feb 1945XIXNinth 12th Br 21st
4 Apr 1945XIXNinth 12th -
8 May 1945-Ninth 12th
SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTOSandra WALKER - Frédéric LAVERNHE
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud