father, Sgt Robert Maichen, served with Company E, 6th Ranger Infantry
Battalion from January 11, 1943 through November 10, 1945. He was a Squad
Leader 745 and expert with a BAR. He served in three battles: New Guinea,
Leyte Gulf, and Luzon.
Maichen was awarded:
Star with V valor and oak leaf cluster
Infantry Badge 1st award
Campaign Medal with 3 bronze service stars
of Occupation Medal with Japan clasp
Service Lapel Button WWII
Maichen's Bronze Certificate reads:
Private First Class Robert J. Maichen United States Army
heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the
enemy in Taytay province, Luzon, Philippine Islands on 28-29 March 1945.
During these two nights Private Maichen led a long-range patrol east of
Boso Boso River to collect information for an impending attack. To perform
the mission it was necessary to feel out and flank numerous enemy outposts
and perimeters. He skillfully negotiated enemy lines of fire and land
mines to avoid any prolonged fire fight, which was necessary if
reconnaissance was to be successful. The patrol collected much valuable
information, which resulted in the successful advance of our own forces.
The mission was accomplished only by the sheer determination and skill of
Private Maichen in the face of constant danger of capture and
never talked about his service in this elite force, he was that type of
guy. I, Karen Maichen (daughter), have put together this information for
his loving wife, Dorothy Maichen.
owe a great deal to these guys and gals that gave so much of their lives
for their country. They will forever be heroes in our memories and our
by Loving wife Dorothy Maichen
by daughter Karen Maichen