Saturday, February 25, 2017

PVT Robert Wesley Pick

PVT Robert Wesley Pick was born 31 Oct 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the 2nd of the 4 sons born to Otto Xavier and Lillian L. (Raquet) Pick. His father was stricken with polio at the age of 19 months but worked all his adult life in shoe manufacture and repair marrying Lillian in 1922. The family lived at 2515 California Street and 1634 Frisco Avenue.

Robert was most likely drafted in the fall of 1943. Knowing that he would be sent overseas as an infantryman he married 19 year old Elaine Mary Rose Lauschke in April 1944. The couple was most likely not together very long before PVT Pick shipped out for the European theater. He was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry on 5 Jul 1944. PVT Pick was wounded on 12 Jul 1944 and evacuated to hospital. He most likely went to England for treatment and to recover. PVT Pick was returned to B Company via the replacement depot on 3 Dec 1944. PVT Pick was then reported absent without leave on 15 Dec 1944 and taken into military custody on 22 Dec 1944. He was not returned to his unit until 7 Feb 1945. PVT Pick was killed in action on 25 Feb 1945.

PVT Pick was repatriated in 1948 and buried in Elmwood Cemetery in River Grove, Illinois.

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