Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Coles in:
 • Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial
 • Margraten
 • Eijsden-Margraten Municipality
 • Limburg
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In

Changes are coming to Find A Grave. See a preview now.

LTC Robert George Cole
Birth: Mar. 20, 1915
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep. 18, 1944
Best Municipality
Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 101st Airborne Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Carentan, France, on June 11, 1944. His citation reads "Lt. Col. Cole was personally leading his battalion in forcing the last 4 bridges on the road to Carentan when his entire unit was suddenly pinned to the ground by intense and withering enemy rifle, machinegun, mortar, and artillery fire placed upon them from well-prepared and heavily fortified positions within 150 yards of the foremost elements. After the devastating and unceasing enemy fire had for over 1 hour prevented any move and inflicted numerous casualties, Lt. Col. Cole, observing this almost hopeless situation, courageously issued orders to assault the enemy positions with fixed bayonets. With utter disregard for his own safety and completely ignoring the enemy fire, he rose to his feet in front of his battalion and with drawn pistol shouted to his men to follow him in the assault. Catching up a fallen man's rifle and bayonet, he charged on and led the remnants of his battalion across the bullet-swept open ground and into the enemy position. His heroic and valiant action in so inspiring his men resulted in the complete establishment of our bridgehead across the Douve River. The cool fearlessness, personal bravery, and outstanding leadership displayed by Lt. Col. Cole reflect great credit upon himself and are worthy of the highest praise in the military service." He was later killed in action, and his Medal was posthumously awarded to him on October 4, 1944. 
Family links: 
  Allie Mae Beall (1916 - 2000)*
*Calculated relationship
Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial
Eijsden-Margraten Municipality
Limburg, Netherlands
Plot: Plot B, Row 15, Grave 27
GPS (lat/lon): 50.81775, 5.80611
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Russ
Record added: Aug 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55881287
LTC Robert George Cole
Added by: Ron Moody
LTC Robert George Cole
Added by: katzizkidz
LTC Robert George Cole
Added by: Mr D
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Rest in peace, Colonel. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. God bless you for your gallant stand in defense of freedom, from your hometown of San Antonio.
- Sharon
 Added: Sep. 18, 2017

- Bill Thayer (History of West Point)
 Added: Jun. 13, 2017

- PattiL
 Added: Mar. 20, 2017
There are 227 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.2 after 36 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service