Robert Roy Pearce


Columbia, SC

Parents: Christopher Columbus and Missouri Butler Pearce

Army, Sergeant

Company G, 105th American Trains, 30th Infantry Division

Aug 17, 1896

Oct 6, 1918

Died of pneumonia in France

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery; Plot E, Row 13, Grave 38; Memorial marker in Elmwood Gardens, Columbia, SC


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WWI – 30th Infantry Division
The division was originally activated as the 9th Division (drawing units from NC, SC, and TN) under a 1917 force plan, but changed designation after the outbreak of World War I.  It was formally activated under its new title in October 1917, as a National Guard Division from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.  Its organization included the 117th, 118th, 119th, 120th Infantry Regiments, the 113th, 114th, 115th Artillery Battalions, the 113th, 114th, 115th Machine Gun Companies, and the 105th Engineers Battalion.  The major operations it took part in were the Ypres-Lys, and the Somme offensive.  Its total casualties were 8,415. Its KIAs were 1,237, and WIAs 7,178.

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