Robert Richard Payne
January 9, 2014
Since I adopted the grave of Arlo Mathison at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, I got in contact with a relative of Arlo, Tim James. Tim knew I also adopted two graves at the Brittany American Cemetery in Saint James, so in September 2013 he asked me to take a picture of a grave in Saint-James when I would visit it the next time. The grave belongs to the brother of his mother in law, Robert R. Payne. I found it a good idea to enquire if it was already adopted, and on January 9, 2014 I got the message it is adopted by an association that adopted all graves of the 35th Infantry Division at the Cemetery. But they agreed that I would take the adoption on me and so I am proud to introduce to you Robert R. Payne, my third adoption grave at the Brittany American Cemetery in Saint-James, France.
Before the war
Robert Payne was born in Blue Island, Illinois on October 23, 1918 and was a graduate of Midlothian School and Thornton Township High School. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Payne. He grew up in Midlothian in Illinois.
In the army
He was stationed at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland around May 1, 1944. Private Payne took his basic training camp at Wheeler, Georgia. He landed in England on May 16, 1944.
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Death of Robert Payne
Robert died on August 11, 1944 in France. He died in Le Havre as a result of wounds he sustained in on August 10. He died on the fourth anniversary of his marriage with Lois Drexel.
He is buried at the Brittany American cemetery in Saint-James, France.
Brittany American cemetery, Saint-James, Frankrijk
137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division
137th Infantry Regiment
35th Infantry Division
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Private, U.S. Army
Service # 36771867
137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, M Company
Entered service from: Illinois
Born: October 23, 1918 in Blue Island, Illinois
Hometown: Midlothian, Illinois
Died: August 11, 1944 in Le Havre, France
Status: killed in action (KIA)
Buried: Plot K, row 18, grave 22, Brittany American Cemetery, Saint-James, France
Awards: Purple Heart
Wife: Lois Drexel
Father: Sidney Arthur Payne
Mother: Meta Catherine Jensen
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