Robert Booth Jr., Corporal, U.S. Army, 37221755, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division. Entered the Service from Kansas. Killed in Action July 9, 1944. Buried at Plot H, Row 6, Grave 26, Normandy American Cemetery, St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France. Awards: Purple Heart. He was the son of Robert and Effie Jane Booth and the grandson of Samuel & Christina (Baird) Booth. (ABMC, CCVM, DJHSP)
At right: Corporal Robert Booth, Junior, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, XIX Corps, U. S. Army. Serial# 37221755. (Large Photo)
Saint Lo: XIX Corps Attacks West of Vire, 7-11 July 1944.
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Below, left: memorial marker for Robert Booth, Jr., son of Robert and Effie Booth, in the Wilmore Cemetery, Lot# 114. At right is the marble cross on his grave, Plot H, Row 6, Grave 26, Normandy American Cemetery, St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France. (Large Photo)
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Booth, who live north of Wilmore, just over the line in Kiowa county, received word on August 5 that their son, Cpl. Robert Booth Jr., had been killed in action in France on July 9. No other details concerning his death were given at that time.
Robert Booth was born at the Booth home in Kiowa county, Kans., on December 5, 1921 and died in the Normandy invasion area in France on July 12, 1944, at the age of 22 years, 7 months and 7 days.
He was reared on his father's farm and became a real farmer, always taking great pride in his work.
He attended the Booth rural school and Wilmore High School and at the time he entered the Army in 1942, about two years ago, was farming with his father.
Bob took his basic training at Camp Walters, Texas, and was then sent to Camp Blanding, Fla. He was on Maneuvers in Tennessee and was then transferred to Camp Atterbury near Indianapolis, Ind., before going overseas.
While he was stationed in Florida he was given a furlough home last December, and no soldier was more pleased to see his parents and friends, and the house and land that he loved.
Cpl. Booth landed in England last March and there continued his intensive training. He took his training in the infantry in stride and was a good soldier, always doing his full part. He has made the Supreme Sacrifice that his buddies and loved ones may live in peace through the coming generations. His wife a life of uprighteousness and complete dependability and was a young man of sterling character.
Besides his parents he is survived by two brothers, Lester Booth, of Haviland, Kans., and Ivan Booth of the home, and by three sisters, Mrs. Ivan Hadley of Coldwater, Mrs. Homer Ring of Wilmore and Mrs. Carl Snyder Jr. of San Fernando, Calif., besides many other relatives and friends.
The sorrowing relatives have the sincere sympathy of all.
Robert and Effie Jane Booth, parents of Robert Booth, Jr.
Rowena (Booth) Snyder, sister of Robert Booth, Jr.
Thanks to Shirley Brier for transcribing and contributing the above obituary!
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