Robert Shipe was drafted into the U.S. Army in March of 1944, immediately after completing High School. After basic training he was assigned to the 97th infantry Division where he trained as a BAR man. In basic his unit had been training for Pacific combat, but after the Battle of the Bulge broke out, Shipe found himself on a troop transport bound for Europe. Shipe arrived at the front just as the Allies halted Hitler’s Ardennes offensive. Robert and his unit would push into Germany where he would spend 42 straight days in combat. As a BAR man Shipe constantly found himself the target of enemy fire. After Germany surrendered Shipe was sent home, but was told he would soon be training for the invasion of Japan. After the dropping of the atomic bombs and the conclusion of the war, Robert Shipe went to Japan as an MP on occupational duty.
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