Robert A. Dixon

Branch: ARMY
Rank: Private
Outfit: 3rd Infantry Div, 15th Infantry Reg, Co. “C”

Robert was born on August 2nd,1909 in Port Carbon, Pennsylvania to parents Albert and Mary Dixon. Port Carbon is a coal mining town located in Schuylkill County, 80 miles from Mt. Ephraim. Robert had a twin brother Richard, who died of pneumonia at the age of 2. He also had several half brothers: Arthur, Leo, William and Jerome. He attended school up to the 7th grade and by the age of 19, he moved out on his own, working as a laborer for the railroad but still residing in Port Carbon. By early 1940, Robert moved to Muncy Creek Township, which is situated a few miles east of Williamsport, PA., where he worked for a lumber company. 
On August 28, 1940, Robert enlisted into the Army at Harrisburg, PA. After his basic training, he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, 15th Infantry Regiment. He could have been under the command of then Lt. Colonel Dwight D. Eisenhower, who headed the 1st Battalion of the 15th until November 1940 then became the Chief of Staff of the 3rd Infantry Division. According to he website www.dvrbs.com, Dixon was further tasked to be the drummer for the 15th Regiment band. 
While on leave, Robert had decided to move in with his brother Arthur and his father Albert, who were now residing at 12 S. Oak Ave, in Mt. Ephraim. After a furlough in June 1943, Robert was shipped to El Alia,Tunisia where the 3rd Infantry Division was training in amphibious landing operations for the upcoming invasion of Sicily which took place on July 10th. While overseas, he sent letters home to his family from North Africa and Italy. At this point I am unsure, but I believe he continued to perform with the 15th Regimental Band as the rest of the division made it’s way through Sicily and then onto the mainland of Italy. 
I have read that Private Robert A. Dixon was reported missing in action on November 11th. Official copies of the 15th Infantry Regiment Morning Reports state otherwise. What I have received is that on November 12th, Private Robert A. Dixon was re-assigned to Company C of the 15th Infantry Regiment to replenish the much needed troops of the first battalion. The 3rd Infantry Division was fighting their way through the Mignano Gap area of Italy dealing with stiff resistance from German defense set up on the high ground surrounding the area. Private Dixon actually could have been fighting along side of famed soldier Audie Murphy who was also with the 15th Infantry Regiment (Company B). A platoon that included Dixon was sent out on patrol along Mt. Rotundo morning of November 13th when German artillery unleashed a barrage onto their location. Private Dixon was killed when shrapnel from these shells ripped through his chest. His father, Albert died from cardiac failure the very next day after Robert was killed, although the Dixon family would net receive word of Robert’s death until the end of February of 1944.

Private Robert A. Dixon was originally buried at Marzanello Nuovo Cemetery in Italy, but later removed from this location to his final resting location at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy. This is the same location that Mt. Ephraim soldier, Willibold Stefan is interred. Dixon was survived by his brothers Arthur, Leo, and William.

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