Col. Robert M. Rawls
US Army, WWII, Korea, & Vietnam
Exhibit Curated by Christiana "Christy" Marcroft
University of Florida Student
NASFL Museum volunteer
- Born November 6, 1918 in a military base in
- Served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
- Entered the US military Academy in West Point and graduated in 1942.
- Served with General George Patton’s 80th Division, Third Army, in France and Germany.
- Served in WWII as S-3, Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer
of the 305th Combat Engineer Battalion, 80th Infantry Division from August 1942-45.
- Received Bronze Star for meritorious service from August to November 1944.
- Fell in love with aviation in his tour with Patton’s Third Army.
- Was a liaison pilot and aerial observer from 1947-49.
- University of Southern California Aviation and Missile Safety Division.
- Command and Staff Officers Orientation Course June 4-8, 1962.
- Member of the US Army Corps of Engineers.
- Earned a master’s in engineering at MIT.
- Active aviation photographer and writer.
- Manager of the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
- Retired in 1965.
- Died of congestive heart failure at age 83, June 22nd 2002.
- One of four Founders of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Historical Association & Museum.
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