Robert B. Nett
June 13, 1922, New Haven, Connecticut
Died: October 19, 2008 (age 86), Fort Benning, Georgia
Robert B. Nett
was a United States Army officer and a recipient
of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his
actions during the campaign to recapture the Philippines in World War
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1. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Nett enlisted in the Army
National Guard in 1940. How old was he when he enlisted?
- 16 years old
- 17 years old
- 18 years old
2. It was December 14, 1944. Nett was a lieutenant in Company E of
the 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division. On that day, near
Cognon, Leyte, during the Battle of Ormoc Bay, he led his company in an
assault against a heavily fortified Japanese position. How long had the
Japanese forces hold up the American advance?
3. With another infantry company and armored vehicles, Company E
advanced against heavy machinegun and other automatic weapons fire with
Lt. Nett spearheading the assault against the strongpoint. During the
fierce hand-to-hand encounter, he killed 7 deeply entrenched Japanese
with his rifle and bayonet. How many enemy did he kill?
4. How many times was he wounded before giving up command of Company
5. After turning over his command to another officer, Nett walked
unaided to the rear for medical treatment.
6. When did he return to Company E?
- Two months
- Okinawa Campaign
7. When was he given the Medal of Honor?
- December 14, 1945
- February 8, 1946
- February 6, 1947
8. After his retirement, he was as a teacher in the Columbus,
Georgia, school system. What year was he named Teacher of the Year?
9. He died of a brief illness at his home.
10. Where is Robert B. Nett buried?
- Fort Benning Cemetery, Fort Benning, Georgia
- Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
- Columbus Memorial Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia