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Robert E. Dietz

Private, U.S. Army


6th Infantry, 1st Armored Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: November 8, 1942
Buried at: Plot A Row 1 Grave 4
North Africa American Cemetery
Carthage, Tunisia
Awards: Purple Heart

Robert E. Dietz
lived with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Earl E. Dietz,
in this home at 
440 Chambers Avenue, Camden NJ

PRIVATE ROBERT E. DIETZ last lived in Camden NJ, prior to being inducted into the United States Army. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl E. Dietz, of 440 Chambers Avenue. The Dietz family was from Pottsville PA, and moved to Camden late in 1940. He served in the U.S. Army with the 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division. 
   On 30-31 May 1942, the regiment left Ft. Dix and traveled by train to the New York Port of Embarkation and boarded the USAT Oriente. On 2 June, the ship reached Halifax harbor. The regiment left again on 3 June enroute to Belfast. Along the way, they were harassed by submarines, but were defended by destroyers dropping depth charges. The regiment arrived at Belfast on 10 June. The subordinate units were scattered around the countryside, and more training was conducted, including several long foot marches.
    On 6 August 1942, the regiment began conducting maneuvers with British units. They arrived at Bangor, crossed the bay on pontoon bridges, and established a beachhead at Whitehead. On 7 August, during heavy rains, they attacked a town held by the 61st British Infantry Division, then reassembled at Carrick Fergus. On 8 August, they left Carrick Fergus for Downpatrick. Throughout August, the regiment continued to train.
    In September 1942, 1st and 2nd Battalions left Ireland for England, but the 3rd Battalion remained in Ireland. During October, the battalions were realigned and moved around the countryside. By October, under new regimental commander Robert I. Stack, preparations were made for the invasion of North Africa.
    On 8 November 1942, the regiment invaded North Africa with Combat Command B. The 1st Battalion was part of a group attacking west of Oran, while the 2nd Battalion attacked east of Oran at Arzew. The 3rd Battalion was on two small boats (HMS Walney and Hartland) to attack Oran Harbor and secure ships and facilities from sabotage. The 1st and 2nd battalions landed with minimal difficulties, but the 3rd Battalion received direct fire form French ships and shore batteries. Casualties included 9 officers and 180 enlisted killed, 5 officers and 152 enlisted wounded. The 3rd battalion was later cited for this action, and was awarded the Distinguished Unit Award. The Regiment earned the Campaign Streamer ALGERIA - FRENCH MOROCCO, WITH ARROWHEAD, and the Presidential Unit Citation for Oran, Algeria. LTC George G. Marshall, commander of the 3rd battalion, was killed during this battle. 
    Private First Class Robert E. Dietz was killed during the landings at Oran on November 8, 1942. He was 24 at the time of his death, which was reported in the May 11, 1944 edition of the Camden Courier-Post. He was survived by his parents. He is buried in the
North Africa American Cemetery at Carthage, Tunisia.


December 15, 1942

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