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Sloper, Robert Arnold "Bob"

Date of birth:
August 3rd, 1920
Date of death:
December 21st, 1944 (Gefangenenlager Fallsch Sau 51, Luxembourg)
Buried on:
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot: F. Row: 14. Grave: 39.
Service number:
31 081 917
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

Robert A. Sloper was born on August 3rd,1920 as the son of William A. Sloper ( * 9 Mar 1896 + Dec 1963) and his wife Mary Elisabeth Sloper.(* 23 Aug 1897 + 15 Jun 1966). After completing school Bob was employed as a metal worker.

He enlisted at Fort Devens, Massachussets on August 12th, 1942.
It is not possible to confirm the exact date that Robert departed for Europe but his unit departed nn March 23rd,1944 aboard the m.s. Santa Rosa from Boston. The m.s. Santa Rosa arrived in Bristol,U.K. on April 4th,1944.

Pvt. Robert A. Sloper was reported Missing In Action (MIA) from December 19th,1944 until July 13th, 1945. He reportedly was taken Prisoner-of-War and was detained in “Gefangenenlager Fallsch Sau 51“ (Prison Camp) in Luxembourg. There he died on December 21st, 1944. His remains were buried by the Germans at the local Cemetery of Hoscheid, Luxembourg.
In April 1945 the U.S. Army started an investigation to find the remains of Robert. In July 1945,they were reinterred at the (temporary) U.S. Cemetery in Foy, Belgium, Plot 1, Row 8, Grave 188. In January 1949 they were finally transferred to Henri Chapelle.

January 1949, Pvt.Robert A. Sloper is laid to rest in the American Cemetery and Memorial Henri-Chapelle in Belgium,Plot F, Row 14, grave 39.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Private
Unit:
44th Engineer Combat Battalion
Purple Heart

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