|Robert E. Roeder|
|Born||July 25, 1917|
|Died||September 28, 1944(aged 27)|
|Place of birth||Summit Station, Pennsylvania|
|Place of death||Killed in action in Battaglia, Italy|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1936 - 1944|
|Unit||350th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Robert E. Roeder (July 25, 1917 – September 28, 1944) was a captain in the U.S. Army who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during World War II, during which he was killed in action. Roeder is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Roeder joined the army from his birthplace in 1936.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and Organization: Captain, U.S. Army, Company G, 350th Infantry, 88th Infantry Division. Place and Date Mt. Battaglia, Italy, 27–28 September 1944. Entered Service at: Summit Station, Pa. Birth: Summit Station, Pa. G.O. No.: 31, 17 April 1945.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Roeder commanded his company in defense of the strategic Mount Battaglia. Shortly after the company had occupied the hill, the Germans launched the first of a series of determined counterattacks to regain this dominating height. Completely exposed to ceaseless enemy artillery and small-arms fire, Capt. Roeder constantly circulated among his men, encouraging them and directing their defense against the persistent enemy. During the sixth counterattack, the enemy, by using flamethrowers and taking advantage of the fog, succeeded in overrunning the position Capt. Roeder led his men in a fierce battle at close quarters, to repulse the attack with heavy losses to the Germans. The following morning, while the company was engaged in repulsing an enemy counterattack in force, Capt. Roeder was seriously wounded and rendered unconscious by shell fragments. He was carried to the company command post, where he regained consciousness. Refusing medical treatment, he insisted on rejoining his men although in a weakened condition, Capt. Roeder dragged himself to the door of the command post and, picking up a rifle, braced himself in a sitting position. He began firing his weapon, shouted words of encouragement, and issued orders to his men. He personally killed 2 Germans before he himself was killed instantly by an exploding shell. Through Capt. Roeder's able and intrepid leadership his men held Mount Battaglia against the aggressive and fanatical enemy attempts to retake this important and strategic height. His valorous performance is exemplary of the fighting spirit of the U.S. Army.
- "Medal of Honor citation for Robert Roeder". http://www.homeofheroes.com/moh/citations_1940_wwii/roeder.html. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
- "Robert E. Roeder, Captain, United States Army, Arlington National Cemetery profile". http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/roberter.htm. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
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