Born 4 March 1923
Died 5 September 1944
Buried at Kingsport City Cemetery, Kingsport, TN
Private First Class
351st Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, Company M
Kingsport Times-News 24 November 1948
The body of Pfc. Robert Ray Caldwell, son of George M. Caldwell, Church Hill, Route 2 will arrive at Clinchfield Railroad Station at 2:13 p.m. Wednesday accompanied by military escort. An honor guard of DeWitt Byrd Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars will meet the train and escort the body to Hamlett-Dobson Funeral home.
Private Caldwell, a mortar gunner, was killed in action in Italy September 25, 1944, at the age of 21. He was a member of the 351st Regiment, 88th Infantry Division of General Mark Clark´s Fifth Army.
His regiment was the first to arrive overseas, first to enter combat, first to arrive in Italy, first to ear a Distinguished Service Cross and first t receive a battlefield promotion. Private Caldwwell wore the Combat Infantryman´s badge among other decorations.
He was born and lived in the McPheeter´s Bend section of Hawkins County, attended grade school there and was graduated from Church Hill High School, where he was a member of the basketball team, in the class of 1942. Prior to entering the service May 10, 1943, he was employed in the Tennessee Eastman Corporation yarn plant. In addition to his father, he is survived by a brother, John E. Caldwell, also of Church Hill Route 2. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at McPheeter´s Bend Baptist Church, with burial in the City Cemetery.