Robert Sink was born
in Lexington, North Carolina (USA). He joined the Duke University
before being transferred to the U.S. Military Army of West Point,
promotion 1927. He joined the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and
worked at the Normal Assignments Infantry until 1940.
He volunteered in the
501st Parachute Infantry Battalion at Fort Benning, then in the
503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment.
When it came time to
find a field officer to order the new 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,
Robert Sink is selected. It was under his command that the regiment
(including the Easy Company) went to war on June 6, 1944.
He was greatly appreciated
by all members of the 506th PIR and the regimental number appointment
(506) changed from "Five-Ho-Six" to "Five-Ho-Sink-".