This is a recent picture of Robert taken at a Senior Center Luncheon in Ruston. Robert and I sat at the same table for many years.
Robert was a Marine in the Pacific. He fought in several battles and was wounded more than once. I was in the Army. Robert and I were in the Palau Island Battle and the Battle for Okinawa at the same time. There is a hill on Peleliu Island in the Palaus that was named Bloody Nose Ridge. The Battle for the Ridge was hotly contested. Robert and I were both wounded on Bloody Nose Ridge. I found it interesting that we were wounded on the same Pacific island hill and 70 years later ate lunch together on a regular basis at the same table in Louisiana.
I know what Robert went through as a Marine in the Pacific War. He also fought on Guadalcanal. He told me that while on duty he once made eye contact with Admiral Nimitz. I was impressed.
Robert Rinehart was truly an American Hero.