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Bob died March 26, 2021, in Box Springs, Georgia. Prior to enlisting in the military in 1958, Bob was a graduate of Virginia Military Institute. He was especially proud of being a smokejumper in Montana during his college summer breaks. Bob had an honorable and lengthy military career. He fought in the Vietnam War as an aviation pilot and was awarded many commendations during his service including National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ 60 Device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/ Palm, 3 Overseas Service Bars, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Air Medal. He was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Master Army Aviator Badge, and Meritorious Service Medal. Bob retired with Honorable Service on February 28, 1978, as an Armed Forces Lieutenant Colonel. Bob jumped at Missoula 1955-57.



Publication Date

June 2023


Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries


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Smokejumper Obituary: Webster, Robert Lyle