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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army National Guard 2
Rank:
Staff Sergeant 2
Birth:
18 Apr 1920 1
Losoya, Texas 2
Death:
12 Jul 2010 1
Bryan, Texas 2
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Robert Evins Discharge Papers
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Robert S. Evins Portrait
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Robert Evins Portrait-1942
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National Guard article in San Antonio paper-1940 #1
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Article2-National Guard 1940.jpg
National Guard article in San Antonio paper-1940 #2
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Camp Bowie from air.jpg
Camp Bowie from the air - north entrance. 1941
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Camp Bowie Company Street after Rain.jpg
Camp Bowie Company Street after Rain-1941
Robert Evins - Camp Bowie #1t.jpg
Robert Evins - Camp Bowie #1t.jpg
Cpl. Robert Evins at Camp Bowie-1941
Robert Evins - Camp Bowie #2.jpg
Robert Evins - Camp Bowie #2.jpg
Robert Evins - Camp Bowie - 1941
Robert Evins and Rutland2.jpg
Robert Evins and Rutland2.jpg
L-R: Sgt. Rix Rutland and Sgt. Robert Evins clowning around in Louisiana during 10 day maneuver exercise - 1941.
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Robert Evins after Maneuvers#1.jpg
Sgt. Robert Evins after 10 day maneuver in Louisiana - Camp Bowie - July 1941.
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L-R: Cpl. ?, Cpl. Mac Acosta and Sgt. Robert Evins in Fort Worth while in town for the Armistice Day Parade - November 1941.
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Fort Worth#2.jpg
Armistice Day Parade - Ft. Worth - November 11, 1941.
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Robert Evins & Army Buddy.jpg
L-R: Robert Evins and ? - Camp Bowie - late 1940.
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Robert Evins in Florida #1.jpg
Robert Evins at Camp Blanding Florida May 1942.
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Robert Evins in Florida #2.jpg
Robert Evins at Camp Blanding Florida May 1942.
Robert Evins - Camp Blanding-Kingsly Lake.jpg
Robert Evins - Camp Blanding-Kingsly Lake.jpg
(L-R) Robert Evins and ? - Camp Blanding, Florida - Kingsly Lake - May 1942
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Robert Evins with buddies.jpg
Robert Evins (on right) with buddies - Camp Edwards, Massachusetts late 1942.
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Robert Evins-Mass #1.jpg
Robert Evins - Camp Edwards, Massachusetts late 1942.
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Robert Evins-Mass #2.jpg
Robert Evins - Camp Edwards, Massachusetts late 1942.
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Robert Evins-Mass #5.jpg
Robert Evins (far right) - Camp Edwards, Massachusetts late 1942.
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Robert Evins - Mass#4.jpg
Robert Evins - Camp Edwards, Massachusetts - January 1943.
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Robert Evins & Ferguson-Mass #3.jpg
(L-R) Sgt. Robert Evins & Pvt. George Ferguson - Camp Edwards, Massachusetts - January 1943.
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Robert Evins January 1943.jpg
Robert Evins with his Grandfather and Grandmother Smallwood at their home in San Antonio - January 1943.
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Article MIA.jpg
Missing in Action article run in San Antonio newspaper.
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Article POW.jpg
San Antonio newspaper article listing Robert Evins as German POW.
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Robert Evins POW Shot.jpg
Robert Evins POW photo taken during processing at Dachau.
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Article Liberated.jpg
San Antonio newspaper listing Robert Evins at being liberated.
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Liberation Papers.jpg
Robert Evins - Liberation Papers
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Letter Home May 22, 1945 - Page1

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Person:
Robert Evins 1
Gender: Male 1
Social Security Number: ***-**-3977 1
Birth:
18 Apr 1920 1
Losoya, Texas 2
Death:
12 Jul 2010 1
Bryan, Texas 2
Cause: Unknown 1
Physical Description:
Height: 5' 11" 2
Weight/Build: 150 lbs 2
Eye Color: Brown 2
Hair Color: Brown 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army National Guard 2
Rank:
Staff Sergeant 2
Service Start Date:
25 Nov 1940 2
Service End Date:
05 Oct 1945 2
Enlistment Date:
01 Jan 1940 1
Service Number:
20801852 3

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Robert Evins Service Summary

Robert was born the second of three children at the family homestead in Losoya, Texas to Dorothy Smallwood Evins and John Theron Evins. He graduated from San Antonio Vocational and Technical High School in San Antonio in 1938 with a certificate in the printing trade. After graduation, he was employed with the Sigmund Press in San Antonio until he joined the Army National Guard’s 36th Division in January 1940.

Once his outfit was mobilized into the U.S. Army, the division went from Camp Bowie, Texas to Camp Blanding, Florida, then to Camp Edwards in Massachusetts. From there, the division shipped out to Oran, North Africa for five months before invading Salerno, Italy in September 1943. After the invasion, his unit found itself out of ammunition and cut off behind enemy lines, eventually leading to their capture. As a prisoner of war, he was processed through Dachau and then sent on to Stalag IIIB at Fürstenberg, Germany. He remained at Stalag IIIB until the forced winter march in February 1945 to Stalag IIIA near Luckenwalde in advance of the rapidly approaching Russian lines. Stalag IIIA was eventually liberated by the Russians in April 1945.

Note from daughter (Barbara Lorenz):  Three years prior to my father's death at the age of 90, he took the time to write his WWII memoirs and illustrate them with numerous drawings.  This was a tremendous gift to his family, as he never talked about his WWII experiences up to that point.  If you are a researcher and have any interest in seeing this document, please contact me.

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