WAMEGO, KAN. - Sgt. 1st Class Forrest Warren Robertson, 35, of Westmoreland, Kan., was killed in action Nov. 3, 2013, in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Headquarters Troop, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart.
He was born May 25, 1978, at Manhattan, Kan., son of Dody and the late Kirby Robertson. He attended Rock Creek Jr./Sr. High School, graduating in 1996. He later attended Pittsburg State University.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army before he finished high school, and entered the military on July 3, 1996, at the age of 17. He attended basic training at Fort Sill, Okla. Subsequent duty stations included Redstone Arsenal, Ala., Fort Rucker, Ala., Johnston Atoll, Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Campbell, Ky., Pittsburg State University and Fort. Stewart. He graduated from Warrior Leaders School in 2000; Air Assault School in 2005; Advance Leaders Course in 2005; and Senior Leaders Course in 2009. He held the positions of squad leader, section leader, platoon sergeant, military senior instructor at Pittsburg State and assistant operations sergeant.
Deployments included Bosnia for eight months; two to Iraq for 12 months each; and two to Afghanistan for 12 months and nine months. He was promoted to sergeant first class on April 1, 2008, while serving in Afghanistan. He was inducted as a distinguished member of the 506th Infantry Regiment in 2009. His commendations included the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with Valor, four Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, two Valorous Unit Awards, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, Army Superior Unit Award, five Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, three Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, five Overseas Service Ribbons, three NATO Medals, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Qualified, Driver's Badge, Expert Marksman Badge, Order of St. George and Order of the Spur. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was united in marriage to Marcie Lynn Pfrang on Sept. 27, 2001, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
She survives at their home in Hinesville. Also surviving are three daughters, Kristie Lynn Smith, Evelyn Rose Robertson and Alia Aamira Robertson of the home; his parents, Dody and Charles Berg of Westmoreland; siblings, Amanda McCallum (Sam) of Manhattan, Tyrel Robertson (Karma) of Westmoreland and Emma Robertson of Kansas City; in-laws, Mary Beth Pfrang of Wamego, Max Pfrang of Manhattan, Matt and Brenda Pfrang of Wamego and Marc Pfrang of Huntingburg, Ind.; grandparents, Larry and Lola Rider, Oak Grove, Mo., and Bill and Judy Martin of Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his father; grandparents, Dorothy and Chet Plummer; and step-grandparents, Dora and Argyle Berg.
He will lie in-state after 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Stewart Funeral Home in Wamego, where the family will greet friends from 5-8:30 p.m. His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in Trinity Baptist Church in Wamego. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in Wamego City Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, to be designated later, may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547, or on Facebook, SFC Forrest Robertson Memorial Page.
Condolences may also be left at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com.
Stewart Funeral Home - Wamego
4370 Salzer Rd. & Hwy 24 P.O. Box 48
Wamego, KS 66547
Published in Coastal Courier from Nov. 8 to Nov. 15, 2013