Belmont Village Heros Bob Yanchus

Robert “Bob” Yanchus

Private First Class, U.S. Army
1943 – 1945
Resident, Belmont Village Thousand Oaks, CA

“During my senior year in high school I joined the Army Specialist Training Program (ASTP) to avoid being assigned to the infantry. Unfortunately, the Army had too many casualties in the Italian Campaign so they disbanded the ASTP and I was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia, for infantry training. Afterwards, I was stationed on the front line at the Battle of the Bulge where I was wounded. I was only a teenager when I joined the Army and ten of my friends were killed in the Battle of the Bulge.”