PFC Robert L Gorell

PFC Robert L Gorell

Death 8 Jan 1945 (aged 19–20)
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot A Row 10 Grave 55
Memorial ID 56372619 · View Source
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Son of Anthony R. Gorell who resided in San Francisco, California.

Robert served as a Private First Class, Company H, 397th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Santa Clara County, California prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 31, 1944 at the Presidio Of Monterey, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.

Robert was "Killed In Action" near Rimling, France during the war. He was awarded the "Distinguished Service Cross" and the Purple Heart.

Service # 19187333

(Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett)


Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Private First Class Robert L. Gorell (ASN: 19187333), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 397th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 and 8 January 1945, in the vicinity of Rimling, France. Private First Class Gorell's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 100th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 281 (1945)

Action Date: January 7 & 8, 1945
Service: Army
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company H
Regiment: 397th Infantry Regiment
Division: 100th Infantry Division

Citation Synopsis submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56372619
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Robert L Gorell (1925–8 Jan 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56372619, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .