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World War II 1
Army 1
1914 1
Pennsylvania 1

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Robert A Girvan 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
1914 1
Pennsylvania 1

World War II 1

Army 1
Enlistment Date:
19 May 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Serial Number:
13081432 1
Enlistment Place:
Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
Semiskilled occupations in trades and services, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0123 1
Film Reel Number: 1.123 1

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Florence, Italy

Headstone of PFC Robert A. Girvan

In the US Cemetery in Florence Italy, there is a marker for a soldier named Robert A. Girvan.  The marker has incorrect information about his unit.  The marker states:  329 INF - 85 DIV.  There was no 329 Infantry Regiment in the 85 Division(it was part of 83rd which was not in Italy).  There was a 329 Field Artillery Battalion (329 FA) and a 339th Infantry Regiment (339 INF). 

 I'm sure he was a member of one of those units.  The State inscribed on this marker matches his enlistment Records.

Q:  What was the correct unit he served in?
   Pfc Girvan was a member of Company L, 339th Infantry Regiment, 85th Infantry Division. 

Pfc Girvan was killed in action at Tremensuoli on 14 May 1944, during the Spring Offensive.

 This information was provided by someone who has researched the history of the 339th Infantry Regiment and has drafted a book on this unit based upon his interviews with veterans and members of the Polar Bear Association.

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