We shall not forget


The Citadel Class of: 1942
Cadet Company: H, E (4), E – Corporal (3), E (2), E (1)
Age: 22
Born: 26-Jun-21
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
Family: Claude G. Brice (father), Ramona O. Brice (mother),
James P. Brice (brother), Virginia Rumph Brice Hairfield (wife)
Rank: First Lieutenant
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Servicenumber: O-495659
Entered the Service from: Virginia
Function: Platoon Leader
Battalion: 2nd Ranger Battalion
Company: B
Unit: 1st Platoon
Date of death: 6-Jun-44
Status: KIA
Place of death: Normandy, France
Spot: Pointe du Hoc
Awards: Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Plot J Row 11 Grave 16
Cemetery: Normandy American Cemetery
Biography: PDF – The Post and Courier – Robert M. Brice – The Charleston Post and
Courier article: Mementos tell story of a D-Day hero – Footlocker items, other
artifacts fill out picture of Robert M. Brice for 
museum, dated October 11, 2005.
Other information: Activities – Freshman football, Varsity football (39/40 and 40/41) Bull Dog
staff, Calliopean Literary Society, Hunting Club, International Relations Club
Major – Political Science (Source: Sphinx 1942)A brief history of the 2nd Ranger Battalion in WWII

Attended the Citadel
First Lieutenant Robert M. Brice was killed in action on the morning of
invasion day. He was graduated from the Citadel in 1942. He married
Miss Bessie Virginia Rumph, May 12, 1943, in Charleston. Lieutenant
Brice was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude G. Brice of Roanoke, Va. He
began the study of law at the University of Arkansas, winning a
graduate fellowship to the Maxwell school of public administration at
Syracuse university, but his studies were interrupted by the war. After
training at Fort Benning, Ga., he went to England in October, with the
American Rangers.
– Source: Unknown. Scan of obituary without source or date
posted to Findagrave.com

“Eighteen LCA’s, carrying the 5th Ranger Battalion and Companies A and B
of the 2d Rangers, had been waiting in the assembly area for word of the
assault on Pointe du Hoe. One LCA had already been swamped further out,
its men transferring to a passing LCT. After delaying 15 minutes beyond
the time limit (0700), the Rangers still had no word and were forced to
conclude that the assault had not succeeded. According to plan, they
started in toward Dog Green to land behind the 1st Battalion of the 116th
and go inland through the Vierville exit.”… ”Companies A and B of the
2d Rangers, on the right flank, came in on the edge of Dog Green and
experienced what the 1st BLT of the 116th had already been through. One
of their 5 craft was sunk by a mine in the outer obstacles, and the 34 men
had to swim in under fire. Small-arms and mortar fire caught the other
craft as they touched down. The small Ranger companies numbered
about 65 officers and men each; some 35 in Company A and 27 in
Company B got to the sea wall.”
– Source: (OMAHA BEACHHEAD (6 June-13 June 1944)
American Forces in Action Series, Historical Division War Department
Reprint, 1984, 1989, 1994 CMH Pub 100-11 Center of Military
History United States Army Washington, D.C. p52-53

“The LCA carrying the 2d Platoon of B Company, 2d Rangers, hit a mine that
blew off the bow landing ramp. Lieutenant Fitzsimmons was knocked
unconscious by the explosion. The 2d Platoon LCA sank, throwing most of
the men into the deep water, most of whom made it to shore but lost their
weapons and equipment. The 1st Platoon boat dropped its ramp, and the
men started ashore. Lt. Robert Brice of the 1st Platoon of B Company was
killed as he signaled his men forward.”
– Source: Robert W. Black, “Rangers in World War II”,
(Presidio Press, 1992) p201.

“He jumped off the landing craft ahead of his platoon. He then motioned to
the others and said ‘Let’s Go’.” “That’s when he was cut down by
machinegun fire. […] Be assured that Bob died a heroic death. He was in
front leading his men. A Ranger all the way. He now rests in Honored Glory.”
– Source: (1989 Letter to James F. Brice from Colonel (ret) Edgar L.
Arnold, DSC,
Commander of B Company, 2d Rangers describing the actions
Lt. Robert Brice on Omaha Beach June 6, 1944.)

Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archive & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65, 15th Census of the U.S. 1930, Sphinx 1941 & 1942, Find A Grave.comAmericanDDay.org

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