Ogdensburg Journal - March 23, 1945
Waddington — Memorial services for Pfc. Robert W. Graves, who was killed in action on Jan. 28 near Hosi, Burma, were held Sunday afternoon in the Methodist Church. The congregation filled the church to capacity.
A basket of Easter lilies was presented in memory of Private First Class Graves by the Waddington Milk Company, Inc and was placed on the altar. The Rev. L. C. Russell, pastor, delivered the address. The music included a duet, "Jesus, Lover of My Soul", by Mrs. L. C. Russell and Mrs. Lawson Thompson.
Champion-Hobkirk Post Number 420 attended in a body. In the group were S-Sgt. John Hatch, Pvt. Arthur Dumas and Pvt. Robert Pemberton, all home on furlough. Classmates of Robert from Waddington high school also attended in a body.
The Rev. George R. Harland, chaplain of the Post, made the memorial prayer and read several letters and citations which had been received by Private First Class Graves' parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Graves. These included a citation of appreciation from the National American Legion, presented through the Champion Hobkirk Post.
Chaplain Winton Halstead, chaplain of the 475th Infantry, of which Private First Class Graves was a member, wrote in part:
"With heartfelt sympathy I send you word of the death of your son, Robert W. Graves.
"He was with his company on an attack against a Japanese held hill when he was caught in a burst of Japanese fire. His end was mercifully immediate. I, personally, cared for his body and had his funeral service. He was laid at rest in the beautiful mountain country in Burma."
Aaron E. Hawes, 1st Lt., Infantry, commanding, Company L, 475th Infantry, wrote in part:
"I thought perhaps you would like to know something of the circumstances surrounding the passing of your son, from those of us who were with him at the time.
"Robert died while moving forward with his then Company Commander. During an attack by our company Robert was carrying a radio forward following the attacking platoon. At this time he received a burst from a machine gun killing both him and his company commander.
He died instantly, suffering no pain, and was not touched by the Japs. He is buried with some of his comrades in an American cemetery.
His loss is deeply felt by all of us, the men and officers of the company."
From the Headquarters of the 475th Infantry, Col. Ernest Easterbrook, commanding, stated in a letter:
"Robert was an excellent soldier who had earned the full respect of his fellow soldiers and officers. His loss is deeply felt. His remains have been laid to rest in a temporary cemetery near Nawhkam, Burma, and were accorded all military honors possible under battle conditions. The temporary cemetery has been duly registered, and as soon as conditions permit the body will be removed to a permanent cemetery which will be given the best possible care by our government."
Massena Observer - June 3, 1948
Last rites for Pfc. Robert W. Graves, 19, first Waddington man to lose his life in World War 2 were held yesterday at 2 o'clock in the family home at Waddington, with burial at Brookside Cemetery.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Graves, Pfc. Graves was killed in action at Hosi, Burma, Jan 28, 1945 as the result of receiving a burst from a Japanese machine gun while he was carrying a radio forward with an attacking platoon.
The remains of Pfc. Graves were buried in an American cemetery in Burma before being returned to his native village.
Note: Son of Walter & Stella; Co L 475 Infantry, killed at Burma India; 1924-1945
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
Created by: Anne Cady
Record added: Feb 20, 2010
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