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Robert A. Lantow

502nd Parachute Infantry Regt, 101st Airborne Division

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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Grave Location:

Plot C, Row 7, Grave 12

The 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment insignia.

Pvt. Robert A. Lantow, born in Muskogee, Okla., was the third of six children. He tried to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Forces, but was disqualified because he was colorblind, despite the fact he already had a pilot’s license. Instead, he joined the U.S. Army in the summer of 1942 at the age of 21. He completed six weeks of infantry training and then started paratrooper school, which he enjoyed, but found difficult. His brother, Norman, signed up for paratrooper school as well, even though Robert had tried to discourage him.

Lantow parachuted into Normandy with the 502ndParachute Infantry Regiment, Headquarters Company, 1stBattalion on June 6, 1944. His brother, Norman, jumped that same morning with the 501stParachute Infantry Regiment. Robert was killed in action on June 13, 1944 during the Battle of Bloody Gulch when elements of the German 17th SS Panzergrenadier Battalion and 6thParachute Regiment attacked American forces in Carentan.

Eisenhower speaking to "Easy" Company men of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. 101st Airborne Division.

Norman was killed in action in Operation Market Garden in Holland a few months later. Their younger brother, Larry, became an officer in the 3rdArmored Division and fought in many of the major battles of the European Theater of Operations through the end of the war, and survived. Norman and Robert are buried side by side.

501st PIR troopers read Gen. Eisenhower's message, "You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade."

Awards: Purple Heart

Robert A. Lantow is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot C, Row 7, Grave 12.