Lt. Col. Robert Lee Wolverton
Lt. Col. Robert Lee Wolverton was the commander of the American 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne, from 1942 until his death on D-Day, June 6, 1944, during World War II [1] [2].
Part of the same regiment to which belonged the legendary "Band of Brothers," Wolverton's men fought in the epic Operation Market Garden and Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne.
Despite being killed before landing on French soil Order of battle for the American airborne landings in Normandy, Wolverton's legacy endured, particularly on the strength of a prayer spoken to the 750 men in his battalion hours before the D-Day parachute drop behind enemy lines.
The colonel Robert Wolverton's words were cited by President Ronald Reagan in a 1984 speech from Normandy on the 40th anniversary of the invasion [3] and recounted in numerous books and in Newsweek and Associated Press stories on a battalion reunion held in Kansas City on the first D-Day anniversary after the war .
Following is a recounting of the prayer:
The men were called together, and they stood in the orchard on either side of a low earthen mound which fenced the fields. Upon the earthen hedgerow stood Lt. Col. Robert L. Wolverton, commanding officer of 3rd battalion, 506th PIR. And the colonel said:
"Men, I am not a religious man and I don't know your feelings in this matter, but I am going to ask you to pray with me for the success of the mission before us. And while we pray, let us get on our knees and not look down but up with faces raised to the sky so that we can see God and ask his blessing in what we are about to do.
"God almighty, in a few short hours we will be in battle with the enemy. We do not join battle afraid. We do not ask favors or indulgence but ask that, if You will, use us as Your instrument for the right and an aid in returning peace to the world.
"We do not know or seek what our fate will be. We ask only this, that if die we must, that we die as men would die, without complaining, without pleading and safe in the feeling that we have done our best for what we believed was right.
"Oh Lord, protect our loved ones and be near us in the fire ahead and with us now as we pray to you."
All were silent for two minutes as the men were left, each with his individual thoughts. Then the colonel ordered, "Move out."
A few hours later, Robert Wolverton was killed by German machine gun fire in an orchard outside St. Come-du-Mont, Normandy, France. According to Ed Shames, Wolverton sustained "162 bullet holes and bayonet wounds" due to German troops using him as target practice. Of the paratroopers in his plane, 5 were killed (including Wolverton), 7 were captured (some later escaped) and 3 successfully fought on.

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Lawrence A. Kane, Kris Wilder, Lt. Col. John R. Finch and Marc "Animal" MacYoung, 2009
"Kane and Wilder's book will save lives. It will keep others out of prison. As an attorney, a self-defense instructor, and someone who has experienced violence, I was most impressed with the practical and realistic information" (Alain Burrese, J.D., former U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, author)"An exceptionally modest title for a volu...
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D-Day with the Screaming Eagles
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The Night Stalkers: Top Secret Missions of the U.S. Army's Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Michael J. Durant, Steven Hartov and Lt. Col. Robert L. Johnson, 2008
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The men of 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne led the way on D-Day by seizing and defending two bridges spanning the Canal de Carentan. Excerpted from Tonight We Die As Men by Ian Gardner and Roger Day.
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On days like last Sunday, my thoughts drift invariably to a man I never knew.My grandfather lives now in old scrapbooks and yellowed newspaper clippings. As recently as a decade ago, he lived in the memories of the men who served under him in the Third Battalion of the 101st Airborne's 506th Regiment. The Second Battalion of that regiment was better known. They were the "Band of Brothers" of book and HBO fame.
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