Greetings, Joe McDonough !
I didn't know Robert Thomas Lewis, but I can fill in some of the blanks for your family.
The 338th Infantry Regiment was one of three IRs (337th,338th,339th) in the 85th Infantry Division, plus other elements.
The division was activated 15 May 42, at Camp Shelby, Miss.
trained, LA and CA;
transferred to Fort Dix, NJ, 7 Oct 43;
staged at Camp Patrick Henry, VA, 18 Dec 43;
departed Hampton Roads, VA, P/E, 24 Dec 43;
(NOTE: I have a ship, H.M.S. ANDES,. departing Hampton Roads, 1-1-44, carrying the 337th IR, 85th ID, arriving Casablanca, 1 Jan 44)
arrived North Africa, 2 Jan 44;
dptd. NA, 24 Mar 44;
arvd. Naples,Italy, 27 Mar 44.
Rome-Arno, 22 Jan 44 / 9 Sep 44
NOTE: The Rome-Arno Campaign is the only one he was involved in. The others came after his death, 12 May 44.
A brief combat narrative leading up to around 12 May 44, follows:
2 Jan 44, landed at Casablanca, Africa;
trained at Port aux Poules, 1 Feb/23 May-44;
embarked for Italy;
arrived Naples, Italy, 15-27 Mar 44;
moved into the line west of Minturno Italy, 10 Apr 44.
The division held defensive positions north of the Garigliano River, facing the Gustave Line, for a month.
It attacked 11 May 44, with the 338th clearing Cave d'Argilla, Hill 131, and reached Highway 7 and Ausonia Road, 15 May 44.
Robert was probably killed in the action at Cave d'Argilla or as the division took Hill 131.
My narrative ends here.
Killed in Action, 1,561
Wounded in Action, 6,313
Died from Wounds, 175.
Casualty rate exceeded 50%.
Finally, I tried to locate his name at the
American Burial Memorial Committee address
I would assume that his remains may have been relocated to his home state by the army.
(NOTE: The division was staged and trained in North Africa, and was not engaged in combat there.)
Please feel free to contact me if needed, without charge, of course.
Louie Franklin Turner.
World War II Order of Battle,
Shelby L. Stanton, author,
Galahad Books, NYNY, publisher.
2194 Days of War
An Illustrated Chronology of the Second World War,
Compiled by Salmaggi and Pallavisini,
Barnes & Noble, NYNY, publsher.
1977, revised 1988.
This last reference has this entry for 11 May 44:
"...11:00PM, 2,000 artillery guns open fire simultraneously on a line from the mountains east of Cassino, to the sea, pounding the German
At 11:45 pm, the infantry go into the attack."
This is the only related line for 11/13 May 44.