1st Lt. Robert C. Diecks was the youngest of seven children born to Lillie and Henry Diecks.
His family called him Bobby, and by all accounts he was a kind and loving son and brother.
He graduated from du Pont Manual Training High School, and attended the University of Louisville before taking a job as a salesman.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941.
He was sent to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, for basic training. From there he went to Fort Benning, Georgia to attend Officers’Candidate School. Upon completion he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant.
More training followed in Louisiana, Florida, and Virginia.
In September of 1943, he was “Somewhere in New England" probably Camp Miles Standish near Taunton, Massachusetts.
In October his division sailed from Boston to Wales, and his letters were from “Somewhere in England"
On July 25, 1944, he wrote his first letter from “Somewhere in France"
On September 13, 1944, there was a telegram from Major General Ulio confirming that he had been missing in action since August 12.
On September 17 he was awarded the Silver Star, posthumously.
On September 18 there was another telegram from Major General Ulio confirming that he had been killed in action on August 12.