ROBERTS, Murray Bonnel

Lynn Jacobson has submitted the following information about her uncle, S. Sgt. Murray Bonnel Roberts (born March 1, 1918 in Montgomery, Alabama).  He died during World War II on D-Day, June 6, 1944.  Lynn wished to share the following information about Murray in hopes of helping others.

An article from the November 26, 1935 issue of the Tampa Morning Tribune shows Murray in a group picture with other cheerleaders of Hillsborough High School.  He is pictured 2nd from left on rear group.






Murray & Nancy in center


Murray married his wife Nancy Laura Bonnell on December 25, 1938 in Tampa, FL.  He joined the United States of America Army as a Paratrooper in 1941.






He was assigned to the 101st Airborne.  His training commenced at Ft. Benning, GA for jump training.  Then he was sent to Ft. Bragg, NC.








On January 3, 1945, he sent the following letter home.

He was sent by ship to North Africa for staging for D-Day Invasion.  The 101st moved to Bastone, France.  His unit was surrounded by Germans.  The winter weather was bad and the planes in England couldn’t get off the ground to help them.  When the weather broke the planes started shooting the German tanks that surrounded them.  General Patton started fighting the Germans back.  They were rescued and sent for final staging for the D-Day invasion.  They boarded planes to be dropped behind German lines for the D-Day invasion.  The planes were flying in formation when Murray’s plane was hit before he or anyone could jump.  There were no survivors.

Murray B. Roberts’ name is on the WWII wall in Tallahasse, FL.




  • How can it be that he died on D day, but a letter was sent home in 1945?

    • admin

      Hi Trish,

      You’re right! I can only assume that perhaps the letter was misdated? I’ll have to ask Lynn about that since he was her uncle. Thanks for pointing out the date conflicts.

  • Thanks. I asked my mom and she was confused as well. Josephine Roberts was my grandmother. She had many stories about Murray.

  • Howard

    It seems somewhat obvious that the handwriting on the two pages is different. Since the page that is dated isn’t signed, I would assume that it wasn’t a letter from Murray Roberts who did die during the jump into Normandy on D-Day. Also, it is alluded to above that Roberts was in Bastogne, but that was six months after he died.

  • Lynda Jacobosn

    He is my uncle. My mother was Ruth Irene Roberts his younger sister. You can find Murray on the

    I would like to know how you are related.

    My email is [email protected]