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Robert Leroy Nesbit
Colonel,  United States Army
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NESBIT, ROBERT L.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
130th Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 10, 1918
General Orders No. 8, W.D., 1934
Home: Centralia, Illinois

Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert L. Nesbit, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Marcheville, France, November 6, 1918. Lieutenant Nesbit displayed the utmost bravery and outstanding courage when, leading a daylight patrol of seven men, he succeeded in penetrating the enemy lines and obtaining valuable information. His patrol was surrounded by an organized group of about 20 of the enemy. Despite this numerical superiority, he attacked and together with his patrol succeeded in killing several of the enemy and capturing one prisoner. Lieutenant Nesbit so successfully maneuvered his patrol under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire that he returned them to our lines without suffering a casualty.


NESBIT, ROBERT L.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
130th Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 6, 1918
General Orders No. 8, W.D., 1934
Home: Centralia, Illinois

Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert L. Nesbit, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Marcheville, France, November 6, 1918. During a raid, Lieutenant Nesbit in command of a platoon in the first wave encountered terrific artillery and machine-gun fire from the front and flank. With utter disregard of his personal safety he rushed forward and so inspired his men that they were able to clear out several machine-gun nests and hold the position gained. Lieutenant Nesbit's courage and bravery were a source of inspiration not only to the men of his own platoon but also to the members of other companies who participated in the raid.


NESBIT, ROBERT LEROY
COLONEL INF USA RETD
DATE OF DEATH: 03/29/1946
BURIED AT: SECTION 10  SITE E.HALF 1
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 23 April 2005
Distinguished Service Cross - Two (2) Awards