In Memory of
U.S. Army Private
Robert “Joe” Carlow
Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Shannon County
May 22, 1921-January 8, 1945
Killed in Action in Germany

Robert “Joe” Carlow

Robert “Joe” Carlow was born on May 22, 1921 at Hot Springs, South Dakota.  His parents were Robert L. and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Carlow from Pine Ridge, South Dakota.  Joe attended Oglala Community School and graduated in 1939.  Robert enlisted in the Army in August of 1939 at Ft. F.E. Warren, Wyoming.  Robert served as a Private in Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment.  He served in the Airborne division.

Robert was sent overseas several times for varying durations from 1941-1945.  He saw action with the infantry at Attu and Dutch Harbor in the Aleutians and later transferred to the paratroopers in 1944.  In preparation for Operation Overlord, the 82nd Airborne division was reorganized.  Two new Parachute Regiments, the 507th and 508th Infantry joined the division.  Robert was part of the 507th Regiment.  Paratroopers often jumped into unknown territory and they had to be prepared for any encounters and conditions.  They often carried 70 pounds of equipment, if not more.  This brave soldier was killed in action January 8, 1945 in Germany during the Battle of the Bulge.  He was awarded the Purple Heart.  He was survived by his mother and sister, Eileen Brock, half-sisters and brothers, Wynema DeLong, Phoebe Carlow, Joyce Pourier, Mike Carlow, Ella Carlow and Pat Carlow.  Robert was buried at Fort Meade National Cemetery at Sturgis, South Dakota.  Robert Carlow will not be forgotten.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Nikki Blackbear, 11th grade, Crazy Horse School, Wanblee, South Dakota on March 22, 2002.  Information for this entry was provided by Phoebe Carlow of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, the Veteran’s Bonus Record and newspaper articles.