I was stationed at Woods Hole from 1995-1999 as the Administrative Officer, where I first met Bobby. I will remember Bobby as being an excellent yeoman who was completely unflappable. He was always the "calm one" in the office and the yeoman everyone went to when they needed help. I had no doubt then that Bobby would make a fine chief and chief warrant officer, if that was his desire. I last spoke to Bobby about 6 months ago when I found out he was assigned there as the Administrative Officer. He loved his new assignment at Woods Hole, the new shipmates, and the old ones we were stationed with there, previously. He said, "Guess who is stationed here as a commander?" Shannon Rooney is an O5, "Man are we getting old, or what?" Above all, I will remember Bobby as a good friend who I kept in contact with since transferring to Hawaii in 1999. My good friends CWO4 John Smelzer, CWO4 Greg Hunton and LT Melissa Ransom each called and emailed me to tell me of Bobby's passing. Bobby has so many people that care about him. God Bless Bobby and the Buotte's. My thoughts and prayers are with them all.
Aloha my friend...
Robert L. Cooper, CWO4, USCG (Ret)