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Robert E. Theuer

Private First Class - United States Army

November 9, 1924 - October 1st, 1944

Robert (Bob) E. Theuer was one of two sons born to Mr. & Mrs. Walter W. Theuer of Poag Rd., west of Edwardsville, IL. Bob attended local public schools here and graduated with the Edwardsville High School Class of 1942. After graduation he was employed by the Litchfield & Madison Railroad until his enlistment in the Army on March 11, 1943. He was sent to Scott Field and then sent to Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina for basic training. Private First Class Theuer was assigned to the Fifth Army and saw action in North Africa. Next he participated in the invasion of Italy at the Battle of Anzio, where he was awarded a Bronze Star and a medal as an expert infantryman. His unit also received a Presidential Citation for services rendered at Anzio, during the "Battle of Cavess", presented by General Mark Clark. PFC Theuer continued on with the Fifth Army in Italy and participated in the capture of Rome. Shortly after, PFC Theuer was sent to Naples, Italy and trained to operate heavy machine guns and was assigned to the Seventh Army. He participated in the D-Day invasion of France on August 15, 1943, and as a heavy 30 caliber machine gunner saw constant action along the front lines. His last letter to his parents was dated September 29, 1943. He is survived by his parents and his brother Howard and wife. Private First Class Robert (Bob) E. Theuer is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Edwardsville and was 19 years, 10 months and 21 days of age.

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