Robert Lee Wolverton Military Person

Robert lee wolverton

Lt. Col. Robert Lee Wolverton was the commander of the American 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne, from 1942 until his death on D-Day, June 6, 1944, during World War II . Part of the same regiment to which belonged the legendary "Band of Brothers," Wolverton's men fought in the epic Operation Market Garden and Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. Despite being killed before landing on French soil Order of battle for the American airborne landings in Normandy, Wolverton's legacy endured, particularly on the strength of a prayer spoken to the 750 men in his battalion hours before the D-Day parachute drop behind enemy lines. The colonel Robert Wolverton's words were cited by President Ronald Reagan in a 1984 speech from Normandy on the 40th anniversary of the invasion and recounted in numerous books and in Newsweek and Associated Press stories on a battalion reunion held in Kansas City on the first D-Day anniversary after the war . Following is a recounting of the prayer: The men were called together, and they stood in the orchard on either side of a low earthen mound which fenced the fields. Upon the earthen hedgerow stood Lt. Col. Robert L.

Personal details

Date of birth
October 5th, 1914
Date of death
June 6th, 1944 at age of 29

Military service

Force Unit Rank From To
United States Army

Military conflicts participated

World War II


September 1st, 1939


September 2nd, 1945

Wikipedia article

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people, from more than 30 different countries. In a state of "total war", the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust and the strategic bombing of industrial and population centres, it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history.


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