Its a Small World
By James K. Richardson
Co. B, 272nd Infantry Regiment
day,I was looking through the pictorial “History of the 69th Infantry
Division,” when I came across an article and picture of Robert O. “Bob”
Easton. It brought back memories of when he became my Company Commander of
Company B, 272nd Infantry Regiment.
When I first
met him, I was tinkering around with a homemade radio station that I had built
and was playing records for the men in our company. Admittedly, it was a
“bootleg” station, but at that time no one seemed to care.
Captain Easton was fascinated by the thing, and even encouraged it.
after that, I was transferred to an Ordinance company, and later transferred to
a unit that was returning to the States. The only loot that I started home
with was all of the topographical maps we used from Belgium to Torgau.
discharged from the Army on October 20, 1945, and immediately took advantage of
the G.I. Bill and attended college. I studied business, then switched to
Electronics, and roomed with a young man from Lampasas, Texas. He and I
became fast friends and remain in contact to this day.
graduated, I went to work in a radio station in Bonham, Texas. I got a
phone call from my friend in Lampasas, telling me of the new radio station coming
on the air there. He was the chief engineer of the station and asked me to
join their staff as a combination engineer/announcer.
a month at the station, the station’s owner came by and my friend introduced
him to me. I thought he looked familiar, but when he said he was Bob
Easton, I asked him if he was a member of Company B, in 1945. He then
recognized me, and we had quite a conversation. He had been with the 29th
Infantry prior to joining the 69th, and he remarked that he would sure like to
have some maps of Germany. I told him that I had saved all of the maps we
used, and still had them. He was so
excited that during a break, I went home and brought the maps to him.
knew that Bob had written a book, published by Colliers magazine. What I
didn't know that he was still writing, owned the local newspaper, and he and his
wife were working on another book. His wife has published many books, and
her father wrote under the name of Max Brand, as did she when her father passed
away. I saw an obit on her a year
or so ago.
Easton has also joined the long gray line recently. To me, having him as
CO, and later working for him as a civilian, proves that this is indeed a
Note: Robert O. Easton's biography is on page 78 of
"The Fighting 69th Infantry Division" book published by Turner
Publishing Co. For More information about Robert Easton, his wife,
Jane Faust Easton and father in law Frederick Faust, go to Google and type in
the name Robert O. Easton, Jane Faust Easton or Max Brand. (Max Brand is
one of the names Frederick Faust wrote under) Max Brand books were
adventures of the old West. (My friend who asked me to join the new radio
station in Lampasas, Texas and long time friend of Bob Easton, was Don Peak, a
well known recording engineer in Hollywood.)