Saturday, June 18, 2016
PVT Pythias Carl Roberts
Pete joined the National Guard but did not re-enlist. He had been discharged for more than 3 months when he was drafted in December 1942. He received his basic military training at Fort Snelling, Minnesota and the army took advantage of his skills and put him to work painting signs there. PVT Roberts was sent overseas to England on 27 May 1943. Once there he was assigned to G Company 116th Infantry and again tasked with painting signs for military authority. He trained for and participated in the amphibious assault on 6 Jun 1944 (D-Day) and continued to fight with G Company until killed on 18 Jun 1944. He was reportedly mistaken for an enemy soldier in the often confusing fighting in the hedgerows and shot by an Allied soldier.
PVT Roberts was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Pete and Georgia had no children and Georgia never re-married. She died in 1973 and is buried with him at Fort Snelling.