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First Name: Robert

Last Name: Bacon

Birthplace: Tiffin, OH, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Brownsville, TX
Middle Name: L.

Date of Birth: 31 March 1896

Date of Death: 04 May 1967

Rank: Colonel

Years Served:
Robert Lynn Bacon

Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1917

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)
•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Robert Lynn Bacon

Colonel, U. S. Army

Silver Star

Headquarters, 90th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 57 (September 10, 1944)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Colonel (Infantry) Robert Lynn Bacon (ASN: 0-8657), United States Army, for gallantry in action as Commanding Officer of an Infantry Regiment of the 90th Infantry Division.
On 16 August 1944 while the infantry of his Regiment was fighting in the town of ****, France, the enemy delivered a strong double envelopment around the right flank using infantry and tanks. Colonel Bacon, learning of the situation, went forward personally and seeing the envelopment would cut off his leading Battalion, having no formed troops ready to meet the envelopment and while the area was under heavy artillery and small arms fire, he personally gathered together rear elements of this battalion, engineers, and a part of his Regimental CP, quickly organized them into a unit and personally led the attack of this provisional unit against the enemy envelopment, driving them back and securing the road leading into **** from the east. This prevented the cutting off of his leading battalion which was then heavily engaged in the town. Colonel Bacon's disregard for his own personal safety and leadership of the improvised force against a serious enemy counterthrust effectively forestalled it. It set a fine example of leadership to the officers and men of his regiment and is in keeping with the highest standards of the military spirit.

Headquarters, 95th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 24 & 25 (1944)
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Infantry) Robert Lynn Bacon, United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of an Infantry Regiment of the 95th Infantry Division, during World War II.

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Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 316482   Created by: drjones46




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