Robert Sweet at Hill 700 at Bougainville 1943
My father Robert Sweet recently passed away leaving us only a few stories from his military service.He served in the 145th Infantry, 37th Division, during many of the early battles in the South Pacific.He often boasted that he never lost a man under his command.After thirty months overseas he returned to become a platoon sergeant at the infantry training battalion at Camp JT Robinson in Arkansas.I would like to make contact with anyone who remembers him or knows more about the battle for Hill 700.The following appeared in the local newspaper in October 1944:
"With the 37th Infantry Division somewhere in the Southwest Pacific Area - Sgt. Robert A. Sweet, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira H. Sweet of RR 5, Muskegon, is a machine gunner in a rifle company which has been awarded a unit citation for 'outstanding performance of duty in action against the enemy at Bougainville, Solomon Islands,' by Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler, 37th Division Commander.Sweet's company took part in the counter-attack which drove the Japanese from the positions they had seized atop Hill 700, overlooking the American beachhead at Empress Augusta Bay.In the fierce four-day battle, more than 1700 Nips were killed in some of the most intense fighting of the Pacific war.The effort of this company was described as 'a splendid example of combat efficiency and fighting spirit.'Sergeant Sweet is a veteran of 28 months of island hopping and Jap fighting in the Pacific war theater, including the New Georgia and Bougainville campaigns."