RIP Ranger Bob: a true ‘International Man Of Mystery’
June 1947 - January 2019
My father was a member of the US Army's infamous 5th Special Forces Group, a unit that achieved legendary status from it's long arduous deployment in the Vietnam War. He told me once he was the guy that would, ‘bring the boom’ among a Green Beret company (60+ men), who, with full combat gear, could be clandestinely infiltrated deep inside enemy territory - quickly and covertly. This was of course a gross understatement, but, I’d quickly learn that’s what men of his caliber did, talked down their service, not embellish it.
While many of his days and missions were dark and dangerous, often even deadly for his fellow comrades, my father still took the time, over the years, to pen a few lighthearted moments too. After reading THIS, you’ll never listen to the song ‘Slip Sliding Away’ the same again. Or, click here, to read about the time he kicked a Colonel out a 130 mph plane so they didn’t miss their jump zone! We’re still finding his stories tucked away under boobie traps on his tablets, laptops & computers that we hope to continue to print & share. I know one thing is for sure, he’s having fun up there still keeping us on our toes, sharpening our skills, just to get a final taste of some of his life adventures!
He’d received two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars and slew of other badges, coins, patches and accolades during his seven year military career that ended as a Captain. He will hopefully be buried at Arlington, which I hear takes 6 mos. to a year. So, stay tuned!
There will be a small family service where he grew up in upstate NY, in the next few weeks.
Thank you again on behalf of our entire family for all of your kind words! 94.3 WSC Host - Kelly Golden
"The Ballad of the Green Berets" was the No. 1 hit in the U.S. for the five weeks, spanning March 1966 - The single sold more than nine million copies; the album, more than two million. It's one of the few popular songs of the Vietnam War years to cast the military in a positive light and in 1966 became a major hit, reaching No. 1 for five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Songwriter(s) Robin Moore, Staff Sgt.Barry Sadler