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Robert J. Hellner, Sr.

Private First Class - U.S. Army - 372nd Engineer Regiment

1943 - 1945

World War II

U.S. - England - France - Belgium - Germany



  • Construction of the Phoenix invasion breakwaters ( floating concrete breakwaters) for use in the Normandy Invasion
  • Participated in "D-Day" Invasion and the "Battle of the Bulge" as a member of the 372nd Engineer Regiment
  • Construction of several field hospitals
  • Combat duties in "Task Force Reed", a composite force of engineer, cavalry & tank destroyer units which were to hold the flank at the Moselle River
  • Construction of several POW enclosures
  • Reconstruction of bridges on the  Moselle and Rhine Rivers
  • He and his wife, Betty lived in the Sommerset Villas.


Robert Hellner passed away at Lexington in 1999 and is buried in Ann Arbor, Michigan with full military honors. 




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