Talk:Robert Sink

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I fleshed out the Robert F. Sink article. Do you want to remove the stub tag?

CORNELIUSSEON 22:56, 17 January 2006 (UTC)


For reference, on my large expansion I just made the people before my work better, and more organized. I claim no ownership over that information. Martorius 18:42, 27 January 2006 (UTC)

Seeing as how the article was a cut-and-paste of a public domain bio of Sink on the Fort Bragg website, none of us could claim personal owenership over the writing. I've made some revisions and will continue to do so to transform his entry from a dry listing of all of his assignments (most of which are not at all important to understanding his contributions to history) into a narrative that might lead people to try to learn more about him. Also, since this is an encylcopedia, all of the information must, by definition, come from elsewhere.
Oddly, the Bragg bio hardly mentions his combat commands. One sentence is allocated for 1943-1945, not mentioning D-Day, Market-Garden or Bastogne. Another sentence identifies him as an ADC in Korea, but never mentions anything else about Korea. In fifty years, would anyone reading that have any idea why anyone would care who Sink was? --Habap 18:56, 27 January 2006 (UTC)

Elliott Gould's character in A Bridge Too Far[edit]

Elliott Gould's character of "Colonel Robert Stout" in A Bridge Too Far (1977) is clearly based on Sink, although Gould makes reference to being an immigrant from Yugoslavia. Sink, mentioned by name in the Cornelius Ryan book, was the officer whose troops were about to seize the Son River bridge when it blew up in their faces, and whose men hastily built a temporary replacement bridge in its place.

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Just watched the movie again and was wondering about this exact thing. There's strangely no information on his birth or childhood, figured his relative fame and the size of the article would at least include information such as that. Very curious. 2601:87:4080:372:84D7:679C:1DA0:C7F6 (talk) 23:57, 28 March 2018 (UTC)

Find a WP:RS and you're good to go.--Georgia Army Vet Contribs Talk 00:27, 29 March 2018 (UTC)

Dates of promotion[edit]

Someone should take a look at the promotions list. they have an unusual order that should be explained. why/how did he receive a promotion to major general before his promotion to brigadier general (both US army not regular army)? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:38, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

More on this....


Second Lieutenant (RA) 14 June 1927
First Lieutenant (RA) 31 August 1933
Captain (RA) 13 June 1937
Major (US) 31 January 1941
Lieutenant Colonel (US) 1 February 1942
Colonel (US) 3 November 1942
Major (RA) 14 June 1944
Major General (US) 11 April 1948
Lieutenant Colonel (RA) 15 July 1948
Brigadier General (US) 13 February 1951
Colonel (RA) 23 March 1951
Brigadier General (RA) 11 April 1955
Major General (RA) 14 April 1955
Lieutenant General (RA) 8 September 1959

does not match with this

Wallie (talk) 07:47, 6 April 2009 (UTC)

The alleged promotion to Major General in 1948 is probably wrong. The US Army Register from January 1, 1949, does not list any earlier promotion to general's rank, while the register from January 1, 1952, lists only the Brigadier (AUS) from Korea. Also, there should have been no need for AUS promotions in 1948, as WW2 was over and Korea still years away. And finally, if he had been Major General in 1948, his assignment as assistant divisional commander (as BG) in 1951 would have been a demotion. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:59, 27 October 2012 (UTC)

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