Shears, Robert Grant


Shears, Robert Grant
Robert Grant Shears was born to Robert Lee and Mary Shears on March 15, 1914 in Boone County, Kentucky. One of 13 children, Robert grew up in Florence, where Lee worked in construction and served as Florence's first police chief.
Robert enlisted in the United States Army on April 5, 1941 at Fort Thomas, in Campbell County, Kentucky. At the time of enlistment, he lists his occupation as a bus/truck/tractor driver. In September 1943, he was stationed in Sicily with the 179th Infantry of the 45th Army Division. On September 11, 1943, Private Robert G. Shears was killed in Salerno, Italy during Operation Avalanche. He is buried in Italy with many of his fellow soldiers. He was awarded the Purple Heart for the wounds he received in combat.
Shears family
Birth date
15 Mar 1914
Place of birth
Hebron (Ky.)
Shears, Robert Lee
Shearer, Mary Rebecca
Death date
11 Sep 1943
Place of death
Salerno (Italy)
Death and burial information
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial (Nettuno, Italy)
Truck driver
Employed by
Huey Motor Express (Florence, Ky.)
Military service
179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, U.S. Army
United States of America
Held rank
Place of enlistment
Fort Thomas (Ky.)
Service began
5 Apr 1941
Service ended
11 Sep 1943
Killed in action: Salerno, Battle of, Salerno, Italy, 1943
U.S., World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
Resided in
Florence (Ky.)
Bibliographic citation(s), memorial #56314344
U.S., Headstone and Interment Records for U.S., Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942-1949