Virginia Heroes

Robert Barnes Ware

Captain, Army

Born: December 30, 1914
Hometown: Lynchburg, VA
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: June 6, 1944
Died In: Normandy, France
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

Captain Ware served with the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.

He was a 1939 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) and obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He was employed by Lynchburg General Hospital when he volunteered for service in the Virginia National Guard. He was in a landing craft as 1st Battalion Surgeon on June 6, 1944 – the D-Day invasion. When asked if he wanted to go in with the first wave or wait until the beach was secured, he answered, “I want to go in early. That’s where the greatest casualties will be. That is where they will need me the most.”

He is buried at the Normandy American Cemetery in Normandy, France overlooking Omaha Beach.

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