Sunday, July 17, 2016
PFC Robert Louis Phenis
Robert was drafted in January 1943. He then underwent training at Camp Robinson, Arkansas; Fort Meade, Maryland; Camp A. P. Hill, Virginia; and Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. He was able to get a 10-day furlough home in December 1943. Sent to England in June 1944 he was then assigned to A Company 116th Infantry. Robert managed to write a letter home on 15 Jul 1944 in which he said he was "very busy" but well. Initially reported missing in action, PFC Phenis was found to have been killed in action on 17 Jul 1944.
PFC Phenis was repatriated in 1948, returning home aboard the Eric B. Gibson, and was re-interred in Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Robert and 2 brothers who served in the war. Arthur Lessard Phenis served as a SSG in ordnance in the Soloman Islands. Harry Leroy Phenis served as a PFC at Camp Howze, Texas.