Robert Cash

Cash, Robert L. "Bob" Passed from this life peacefully on the evening of April 23, 2013. He was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Leslie and Glennis Cash on November 13, 1924. When Bob was just 19, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corp in February 1943 to serve his country proudly in World War II. He trained as radio operator and top turret gunner on the B-24 Liberator. He was with the 8th Air Force, 492nd Bomb group based in Norwich, England. He was privileged to fly on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Two weeks later on his 13th mission, his aircraft was shot down over the Baltic Sea. Bob was badly burned and wounded. He bailed from the burning plane, was rescued by German Marines and classified as a POW. At the time, he didn't know it, but Bob was the sole survivor of a crew of ten men. Not a day in his life went by without remembrance of those crewmen. He spent more than 10 months as a POW, living on quarter rations. On February 6, 1945, they struck out in the snow for what they were told was a 16-day march that ended 90 days and 800 miles later from the starting point. It was aptly named "The German Death March" as some 2,500 POW's perished on that march. The British 11th Armored Division one week before peace was declared in Europe mercifully liberated them. He was awarded highest honors for his service and received two Purple Hearts. When Bob returned from the war, he earned his BS degree in Geology from the University of Oklahoma in 1949 and spent his career working in the oil and gas industry. He met and married a lovely registered nurse, Miss Dorothy Brannon. They loved each other immensely for 65 years and a void was left in his heart and life with her passing on July 12, 2012. His professional affiliations were many. He greatly treasured his service to the 492nd Bomb Squad Group whose annual reunions he, his wife and family attended for many years. Bob was always asked to tell his amazing story. He always closed his story with "Thank you for hearing me out and I know that God does bless America." Bob served his church and community whenever he felt a need or was needed. We will miss his humor, loving heart, compassion and integrity. He was a man that uplifted the heart of every person he encountered. He is survived by his loving family, daughters Glennis Wilson and husband Mike of Duncan, Oklahoma; Beki Sansing and husband David of Coppell, Texas; Precious granddaughter Melissa Venrick of Longmont, Colorado, and joyful great-grandchildren Will and Tanner and granddog Maggie. Visitation will be from 4-6 PM on Sunday April 28 at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas. Funeral Services will be held April 29 at 11:00 AM at NorthPark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, 75230. In lieu of flowers, the family requests considering a contribution to NorthPark Presbyterian Church All Saints Fund, 492nd Bomb Group c/o Fran Gramberg, 7025 West Bruns Road, Monee, IL 60449, or the .

logo


Funeral Home

Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery
13005 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75243
(469) 925-1436

Published in Dallas Morning News from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2013