In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Hill City, South Dakota
Pennington County

October 2, 1929- March 4, 1951
Died of Wounds Received in Korea


Robert Leslie Cox was born on October 2, 1929, in Hill City, South Dakota. Robert was the son of Frank and Georgia Cox. Robert Cox had siblings: a sister, Ilene, and a brother, Roger, who also died in the Korean War era. Robert graduated from Hill City High School in 1948, where he was considered an excellent athlete.

Cox entered the service in July of 1948 at Rapid City. He married his wife, Helen, in Freehold, New Jersey in 1949, and they had a son, Robert, Jr. in 1950. Pfc. Cox went overseas around November of 1950 as member of the 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. The last letter he sent home was written on February 11, 1951, when he was on the Han river front in South Korea expecting to be replaced. Then a short time later his family was notified that he had been seriously wounded by the enemy in South Korea and was evacuated to Japan on February 13, 1951.

Then on March 4, 1951, Private First Class Robert Leslie Cox died of his wounds, at the age of 21, aboard a hospital ship called the Consolation. Cox was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Pfc. Robert Cox was buried with military honors at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Although he is listed on the ABMC site as a casualty of New Jersey, his final resting place is in South Dakota next to his brother, Roger.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Katie Heggem, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 13, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by American Battle Monuments Commission, an application for a veteran’s bonus, and newspaper clippings provided by Ellen Bishop, Rapid City. No family contact made.