Strayer, Robert Lytle.

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Strayer, Robert Lytle, born 02-03-1910 in Rutledge, Pennsylvania to Chstian Good Strayer (1876-1942) and his wife Verde Monte , born Lytle Strayer (1874-1934). Robert had four sisters, Mary Henrietta Strayer (1905-1905), Mary Jane Strayer McCormack (1910-2002), Sara Elizabeth Strayer Hastings ( 1914-1998) and Nancy Cornelia Strayer Bell (1916-2011) Robert always wanted to be a soldier, and took Army’s correspondence courses when was still at school. He finally joined the Army in 1930.  In 1942 he married  Blanche Mildred “Millie”Strong Strayer (1916-2009)

As a Major, in 1942 he was given command of the 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment “Currahee” , E Company “Band of Brothers, 101st Airborne Division  , who liberated my hometown Eindhoven  during Operation Market Garden. In 1945 he was made Executive Officer (XO) of the 506th PIR, and his position as 2nd Battalion CO was filled by Major Richard “Dick” Winters.

  During his service he earned four Bronze Stars, one Silver Star and one Purple Heart. The 506th had the next casualties during D-Day, killed in action 231, wounded 569 and missed 183. The 101st Airborne Division’s casualties from 19-12-1944 to 06-01-1945 were 341 killed, 1.691 wounded, and 516 missing. The 10th  Armored Division’s CCB incurred approximately 500 casualties. Strayer married Mildred Strong of Chuckey, Tennessee, an Army nurse, on 12-01-1942. He retired from the army after the end of World War II. Strayer and his wife settled down in Pennsylvania where Strayer  found work as an insurance salesman. In 1978 the couple retired to St. Petersburg, Florida, where Strayer died 18-12-2002, age 92.

Death and burial ground of Strayer, Robert Lytle.

   His wife Mildred Strong of Chuskey an army nurse died on 05-07-2009. They are both interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 54. Strayer was portrayed in the television miniseries Band of Brothers by actor Phil McKee.


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