|Birth: ||Oct. 28, 1920|
|Death: ||Apr. 5, 1945, Germany|
Robert E. Sweat
Entered the Service From: Louisiana
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Service: U.S. Army, 54th Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division
Died: Thursday, April 05, 1945
Buried at: Lorraine American Cemetery
Location: St. Avold (Moselle), France
Plot: D Row: 38 Grave: 22
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart
By Alix Kunkle
Leesville Daily Leader
Posted Jul 14, 2011 03:00 PM
Pitkin, La. —
A section of a Vernon Parish highway was renamed in June for a veteran who died while serving his country in World War II.
A section of Highway 113 between Highway 10 and the Occupy II Baptist Church in Pitkin was renamed the "Staff Sergeant Robert 'Pete' Sweat Memorial Highway," after Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the legislature on June 24.
Sweat, who received a Purple Heart as well as a Silver Star, the third-highest honor military personnel can receive, died in 1945 while serving in the Fifth Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division.
"After our grandmother died, we were looking through old family photos, and we came across a letter," Connie Britt, a great nephew of Sweat, said. The letter was informing the family that Sweat had gone missing in action on April 5, 1945. According to Britt, Sweat was killed in southern Germany when one of his fellow soldiers was wounded. Sweat then attempted to rescue the fallen soldier, but was killed before he could return to cover. Britt also said that Sweat's uncle, Clyde Sweat, told the family to never forget what his brother and cousins (who were also killed in action) did for their country. However, Britt said that much of the family did not realize Sweat's accomplishments.
"Nobody in our family realized he received a Silver Star," she said. Those two cousins, Edwin Perkins and C. Johnson, also lived along the same stretch of highway that was renamed. All three men were also active in the Occupy II Church. Britt said that the family attempted to find more information through the military records, but a 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center destroyed millions of files, including many of those relating to Sweat. "All they could tell us was that he was killed in action," she said. Members of the family, however, do not forget to recognize the job Sweat performed. "Our two aunts (Mittie Jean Cloud and Gilda Rae Richmond) told us to be sure to tell what a good person Pete was and that he was a good Christian who died trying to save someone else," Britt said.
William Ephriam Sweat (1892 - 1963)
Rosetta Perkins Sweat (1889 - 1972)
Ethel Sweat Smith (1917 - 1954)*
Robert E Sweat (1920 - 1945)*
Robert E. Sweat (1920 - 1945)
Alma Sweat Perkins (1922 - 2007)*
Shelton Sweat (1925 - 1967)*
Clyde Sweat (1928 - 2007)*
Mittie Jean Sweat Cloud (1932 - 2014)*
Note: This is a Cenotaph for SSGT Robert "Pete" Sweat
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Record added: Jul 15, 2011
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