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SMITHFIELD - Major General Robert Edwin "Bob" Wagner died on August 14, 2013 in Smithfield, VA at the age of 78. General Wagner had a distinguished 33 year career in the United States Army, including two combat tours in Viet Nam. The highlights of his career were commanding the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Nurnberg, Germany, and serving as the first Commanding General of Cadet Command at Fort Monroe, VA. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with V device and 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. General Wagner graduated in 1953 from Fairfax High School, where he met his beloved wife, Charlotte White Wagner, who passed away in 2011. After graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1957 and marrying Charlotte, they were stationed in seven states, Germany and the Philippines. After retiring from the Army in 1990, General and Mrs. Wagner settled in Hampton, VA. General Wagner fulfilled his lifelong dream of writing a novel, The Sampan War, based loosely on his time in Viet Nam, and worked for five years at Norfolk State University as a special assistant to the President. He was active in the Kiwanis Club and the Old Point Comfort Yacht Club, and served as a docent at the Mariner's Museum and at the Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe. And, in one of his favorite roles, he read to school children at Barron Elementary School in Hampton as "Story Bob." General Wagner is survived by his three children, Caryn Wagner of Arlington; Robert E. Wagner, Jr. of Texas; and Kristen Wagner Rarig of Smithfield. He also leaves four grandchildren, Kary Nowlin and Kyli Wagner of Texas, and First Lieutenant Amy Ferguson and Katie Rarig of Northern Virginia. He is also survived by his brother, Frank Wagner, and his wife, Jean, of Arnold, MD. A funeral at Arlington National Cemetery is being planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VMI Foundation Center for Leadership and Ethics (http://www.vmi.edu/Foundation/).
Published in Daily Press on Aug. 22, 2013
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