Thomas County, Georgia
TIME Magazine War Correspondent
PACIFIC THEATER: Attu, Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Okinawa
At the start of the war, Robert is an experienced reporter with TIME magazine. But when he first travels to the Pacific, he is stunned by the tenacity and fanaticism of the Japanese enemy he encounters. His press reports about the terrible nature of this new enemy are meant to warn what he sees as a ‘complacent America’ of the difficulties of the coming war. Only after Sherrod’s reports on the Japanese resistance at Saipan does he think America is finally coming to grips with what they’re up against–and what it will take to win the peace. Strongly patriotic, Robert firmly believes that the Japanese will never surrender, and will have to be exterminated before the U.S. can claim victory.