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Colonel Robert Barton Murphy

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Colonel Robert Barton Murphy

Ft. Myers, FL

Colonel Robert Barton Murphy, USAF, (RET) died March 1,2014 in Ft. Myers, Florida at the age of 91. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, he attended public schools there and was Valedictorian, Civitan Medalist and Elliot Scholarship Medalist in the class of 1940 at Nashville's Hume Fogg High School. He attended Vanderbilt University and was a graduate of the University of Maryland. His military career of over 34 years included service during World War II and the Korean and Viet Nam conflicts. He served in the Azores, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. He was a Command Pilot with approximately 6,000 pilot hours (including over 400 combat hours) in over 30 types of propeller and jet aircraft. At the time of his retirement in 1976, he was the Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Pacific Air Force at Hickham Air Force Base, Hawaii. Included in his awards and decorations are The Legion of Merit (4), Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (3) Air Force Commendation Medal and various other individual and unit awards. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, the Military Officers Association of America and the Air Force Association. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 30 years Maxine Hoff.

He is survived by his wife of over 20 years, Jane Ramsay; his son Charles Barton Murphy; daughter Faye Ellen Murphy; step daughter, Valerie Surjan; and step son, John A. Ramsay; eight grand children; and nine great grand children.

Interment in the Nashville Military Cemetery will occur at a future date.


Published in The Tennessean on Mar. 9, 2014
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