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 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.