Private First Class Robert V. Behe was born on October 4, 1924, in the State of New York. Behe entered active service on April 3, 1943, and was shipped overseas on June 3, 1944. November 19, 1944, saw Behe serving as a Private with Co. G, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division when he was wounded in action when the 95th Division was taking the strongly defended French city of Metz. He later received the Silver Star for his actions on April 1, 1945, with the following citation:
“For gallantry in action against the enemy, on 1 April 1945, in the vicinity of Lamershagen, Germany. When a task force of tanks and Company G was halted by devasting panzerfaust fire, Private First Class BEHE and five comrades went to reconnoiter and, if possible, eliminate the panzerfausts. Coming upon the enemy on high ground, Private First Class BEHE participated in a bold assault which destroyed the position and enabled the tanks to resume their advance. Seven Germans were killed by Private First Class BEHE and his comrades, and fourteen bazookas were captured. The gallant combat skill displayed by Private First Class BEHE is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.”
General Orders No. 117, Headquarters, 95th Infantry Division (20 May 1945).