Doran, Robert E, born 15-10-1923 in New Haven County, Connecticut, the son of George J. Doran and his wife Mary Veronica Doran. He had one sister Jean Doran and one brother William. He, on 17-02-1943, had enlisted in the United States Army. Served during World War II. Doran had the rank of Technician Fifth Class. His military occupation or specialty was Radio Operator. Service number assignment was 31316785. Attached to the 101st Airborne Division, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment. under command of Colonel George Van Horn Moseley, Jr. George survived the war and died 06-12-1976 (aged 71) in Montague, Massachusetts
During Operation Market Garden, the capture of the bridge at Best, an alternative to the destroyed bridge at Son, was less easy. The German General Hans Reinhard had organized a Kampfgruppe on the spot. This ad hoc army corps, consisting of soldiers from different army units, repulsed the first American attack. In the night German reinforcements arrived. The Americans made another attempt to take the bridge over the Wilhelmina Canal, but they could not prevent it from taking off at eleven o’clock. A platoon of Americans became isolated near the bridge and the next day found themselves in a hand-to-hand combat with the Germans,.private of the 502th Regiment Joe Eugen Mann, who had been wounded in both shoulders and hands the previous day, crashed into a hand grenade which his injuries prevented him from throwing. With his life he saved that of six of his comrades.
Death and burial ground of Doran Robert E,
Robert Doran was the radio operator of Lieutenant Robert Cole,
.the webmaster here with his son Bruce during the Remember September festivities in 1994, in the woods near Best they had to capture the bridge over the Wilhelmina Canal During an action Robert want to improve his radio reception and stood up out his foxhole and was struck and killed by an snipers bullit and shortly after Lieutenant Robert George Cole was also shot by probably the same sniper. .The Airborne paras were only a hundred meters from the bridge as the Germans blow him up.
Robert E Doran and Robert George Cole are buried at the Netherlands American War Cemetery Margraten in the South of Holland, Robert Doran in Plot B- Row 5- Grave 19 and Robert Cole in Plot B-Row 15-Grave 27.