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Captain George Edward Robertson, U.S. Army retired, 67, answered his final duty call on Saturday, February 22 at the UAB Medical Center. Born in Midland, MD on September 6, 1947, he was the son of the late Frank Edward "Dukes" and Mary Kathleen "Cass" Robertson. He was preceded in death by sisters Chloe and husband Singh Dhillon, Jeannie and husband Burr Shillingburg, both of Annapolis, MD, brother Frank Edward Robertson, Bisbee, AZ, and brothers-in-law Buck Martin, Midland, and Richard Brown, Oldtown. Ed was a highly decorated officer from the Vietnam War. He enlisted in the Army immediately after graduating from Beall High School in 1964. Following basic training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA, he was accepted in Infantry Officers Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant, then deployed to Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade where he served as a platoon leader during the second bloodiest battle of the war at Dak To in November 1967. His second tour of Vietnam in 1970 saw action when the 25th Infantry Division pursued the North Vietnamese into Cambodia. After an Army reduction in the number of officers, he re-enlisted in Special Forces, was assigned to the John F. Kennedy Center for Military Assistance at Fort Bragg. He was one of the original members chosen for Delta Force and later became part of a very elite black ops unit in Vint Hill, VA. He took part in the attempt to rescue the 52 American hostages held by Iran, and held the record until recently for the highest airborne jump from an aircraft at 23,000 feet. Ed was awarded two Silver Stars, six Bronze Stars, one with "V" for valor, three Purple Hearts, two air medals, seven Vietnam service medals, two Vietnam Cross of Gallantry medals, the Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachute Badge and Special Forces tab, along with many other medals and commendations. He completed 23 years of active service. He retired as a master sergeant, but held the Army Reserve rank of major. In civilian life, Ed managed the Credit Bureau of Elizabeth City, NC, a Check Cashing Headquarters office in Birmingham, and retired from General Machinery Company in Birmingham as warehouse manager. He is survived by his wife Rebecca Spencer Martin Robertson, Sylacauga, AL, son Ryan, Houston, TX, sisters Cassie Martin, Sykesville, MD, Maggie Hoff, Annapolis, MD and Teri Brown, Cumberland, MD in addition to many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Southern Heritage Funeral Home, 475 Cahaba Valley Road, Pelham, AL. The body will be cremated and final interment with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Military Order of the Purple Heart, c/o VFW Post 668, 1801 11th Avenue N, Birmingham, AL 35234. Southern Heritage Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Daily Home on Feb. 25, 2014
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