In Memory of
Army Corporal
Robert Amos Bartlett
Blunt, South Dakota
Hughes County
November 14, 1921 – July 26, 1944
Killed in Action at St. Germaine d’Elle, Normandy, France

Robert Amos Bartlett

Robert Amos Bartlett was a son of Amos and Alice Bartlett.  He was born at his parents’ home on November 14, 1921, near De Grey, South Dakota. Robert was the oldest of six.  He attended county school at De Grey. After he graduated from eighth grade, he went to Canning High School for one year. Then he dropped out of school and worked at neighboring ranches until going to the service. His brother, Donald, remembers that “Bob was a handsome, blue eyed young man. He was a happy go lucky boy, well liked and respected by his family, schoolmates and friends ....”

Robert joined the Army on June 5th, 1942. Robert was a Corporal in Company A, 744th Tank Battalion.  Corporal Bartlett's record showed that he was a good, well trained soldier.  Corporal Bartlett was “a clean cut, fun-loving man, and a friend and companion to the other members” of his company. “The welfare of the men under him always came first and he could be trusted to fulfill any duty given to him.”

Army Corporal Robert A. Bartlett was killed in action in France when an enemy shell hit his tank; his body was never recovered. A memorial was held for Corporal Bartlett and a stone was placed in his honor at Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Blunt, South Dakota. He is on the Tablets of the Missing at Normandy American Cemetery, St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Kris Klunder, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, South Dakota, on November 3, 2000. Information for this entry was provided by Donald Bartlett, Gettysburg, SD, and Wayne Bartlett, Gregory, SD, brothers of Corporal Robert Bartlett.