Robert Frederick Sink Papers, 1908-1966

Manuscript Collection #255

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Robert Frederick Sink Papers
    Creator: Sink, Robert Frank
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1908-1966) consisting of correspondence, clippings, photographs, biography, military career.
    Extent: 0.23 Cubic feet, 360 items, consisting of correspondence, clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous.
  • Description
     

    Correspondence (1946-1966) is limited primarily to incidental material pertaining to personal and military functions. Several letters written by Sink to his mother reflect his close attachment to his family to the extent that he even apologized for drinking of alcohol by military personnel. He promises that no alcohol will be allowed at his camp if his mother will visit. Of particular significance is a letter describing the experiences of one of his men who was wounded at Bastongne. This letter describes battlefield medical treatment during World War II and is indicative of the devotion Sink's troops felt for him. In December of 1955, General Sink wrote from Brazil where he was stationed. He commented on travel difficulties, the water problem, a visit by Congressman Dewey Short of Missouri, the frequency of Brazilian holidays, and the use of temporary grade ranks. Included with this letter is a note from General Maxwell D. Taylor informing General Sink of his promotion to Brigadier General. Also included are letters from Generals Edward M. Almond, H. J. Jablonsky, Maxwell D. Taylor and Governor Terry Sanford expressing sympathy to Sink's mother upon his death in 1965.

    The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings and photographs which reflect every period of Sink's military career. Miscellaneous items include a commendation from General Taylor to Sink for meritorius service at West Point in 1945 and a program of the dedication of the Robert F. Sink Memorial Library at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. This item contains a complete biography of General Sink's career. Other miscellaneous items include General Sink's marriage announcement, early report cards, a United Press War Map of the Pacific Ocean, a safe conduct pass, and a travel journal kept by General Sink's parents Mr. and Mrs. Fred O. Sink, Sr. on a trip to Florida in the early days of the automobile.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Lieutenant General Robert Frederick Sink was born in Lexington, North Carolina on April 3, 1905. A 1927 graduate of West Point, Sink had a distinguished career as a pioneer in the use of airborne warfare. As commander of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the Army Airborne Corps, he was sent to Europe in 1942. He subsequently participated in the Allied Invasion of Normandy, parachuting under cover of dark before seaborne troops landed. His troops saw action at the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne. After World War II< he served as Chief of Staff of the RYUKUS command (1949), assistant commander of the Seventh Infantry Division in Korea (1951), and member of the Joint Airborne Troop Board at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (1954). In 1958, Sink was given command of the Strategic Army Corps (STRAC) and the 18th Airborne. In 1960, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and took command of the U.S. Army in the Caribbean, a post he held until his retirement in 1961 due to poor health. Sink died at Fort Bragg in 1965.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    March 15, 1974, 85 items; Correspondence (1946-1966), clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous. Rec'd 3/15/1974. Gift of Mrs. Fred O. Sink, Sr. of Lexington, N.C.

    February 18, 1977, (unnumbered addition); 245 items, 0.220 cubic feet; Correspondence (1953-1955), clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous. Rec'd 3/15/1974, 2/18/1977. Gift of Mrs. Robin Sink Reavis of Washington, D.C.

    October 20, 2003, (unprocessed addition 1), 30 items, 0.010 cubic feet; Newsclippings (1942-1965) pertaining to the career of Lieutenant General Robert Frederick Sink (1905-1965), a graduate of West Point, a pioneer in the use of airborne warfare, who commanded the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the Army Airborne Corps, during World War II, 1942-1945. He participated in the Allied Invasion of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne. After World War II, he served as Chief of Staff of the RYUKUS command (1949), assistant commander of the Seventh Infantry Division in Korea (1951), and member of the Joint Airborne Troop Board at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (1954). In 1958, Sink was given command of the Strategic Army Corps (STRAC) and the 18th Airborne. In 1960, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and took command of the U.S. Army in the Caribbean, a post he held until his retirement in 1961 due to poor health. Rec’d. 12/31/1977. Donor: Mrs. Robin Sink Reavis.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Fred O. Sink, Sr.
    Gift of Mrs. Robin Sink Reavis

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Robert Frederick Sink Papers (#255), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by M. Elmore, January 1977

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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