Robert S Eastlack (1927-1950)

Robert Eastlack b 1927 IWM

Private First Class Robert S Eastlack was born in 1927 in Swedesboro, New Jersey, the adopted son of George Ashton Eastlack and his wife Minnie E. Madkiff. He was with his parents in the 1930 census and then with his mother in the 1940 census. He served as a tank crewman in the 70th Tank Battalion, 24th Division of the Regular US Army, service number RA42194639.

Robert was killed in action while fighting in South Korea in response to invasion by the North Koreans. He died on 26 September 1950. Although an armistice was finally signed in 1953, a peace treaty was never agreed and the two Koreas still have outbreaks of war to this day.

Robert was awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal and Republic of Korea War Service Medal. His adopted brother, Technician Fourth Class William Tilton Eastlack, lost his life in World War II. Robert and William are buried together with their parents and brother Howard in Lawnside Cemetery in Salem, New Jersey.

Robert Eastlack b 1927

Sources:
‘Robert Eastlack’, American Battle Monuments Commission, https://www.abmc.gov/node/458956#.V3Ddjrh97IU, [accessed 27 Jun 2016].
‘PFC Robert Eastlack’, FindAGrave, https://www.findagrave.com/, [accessed 27 Jun 2016].
‘Korean War’, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_War, [accessed 27 Jun 2016].

Image Citations:
‘The Korean War 1950-1953’, Imperial War Museums, Courtesy of US Government, http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205191735, [accessed 27 Jun 2016].
‘PFC Robert Eastlack’, FindAGrave, https://www.findagrave.com/, [accessed 27 Jun 2016].