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Robert F. Miles

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

32755573

Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion
262nd Infantry Regiment,
66th Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: December 25, 1944
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France
Awards: Purple Heart

STAFF SERGEANT ROBERT F. MILES was born in 1924 to William and Anna Miles. William was plumbing contractor, and by 1930 the family had bought a house at at 416 Webster Street in Camden NJ. Robert was the oldest child, his brother Joseph came in 1927 and William in September of 1929. Robert Miles grew up on Webster Street, his next door neighbor at 414 Webster was Stanley Bezich. William and Anna Miles were both active members of the Eighth Ward Democratic Club, which had its headquarters at 512 Ferry Avenue in the late 1930s.

Staff Sergeant Miles was a member of the 262nd Infantry Regiment, 66th Infantry Division. He was aboard the transport SS Leopoldville when she was torpedoed and sunk on the night of December 24, 1944. Also lost that night was Private First Class Edward E. Benson, of Camden NJ. Of the 2,235 men aboard the SS Leopoldville, 516 GIs were missing and presumed drowned, and another 248 died from injuries, drowning, and hypothermia. Robert Miles was among the missing. His death was reported in the March 29, 1945 edition of the Camden Courier-Post.


Robert F. Miles grew up in this home at 416 Webster Street in Camden
Also on the block, at 414 Webster, was Stanley Bezich and his family

Photographs December 2002

 Tablets of the Missing at Normandy American Cemetery

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To learn more about the Leopoldville disaster, and what happened to
Robert Miles and Edward Benson, click on the links below

Final Crossing of the Leopoldville

The S.S. Leopoldville wrecksite (1928-1944)

COVER-UP! The Sinking of the S.S. Leopoldville.

 

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