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Robert L. "Bob" Cash(1924 - 2013)

Robert L. Cash passed from this life peacefully on the evening of Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at NorthPark Presbyterian Church, 9555 North Central Expressway, Dallas. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests considering a contribution to NorthPark Presbyterian Church All Saints Fund, 492nd Bomb Group, in care of Fran Gramberg, 7025 W. Bruns Road, Monee, Ill. 60449, or a . Bob was born in Okmulgee, Okla., to Leslie and Glennis Cash on Nov. 13, 1924. When he was just 19, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in February 1943 to serve his country proudly in World War II. He trained as a 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 10 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 Feb. 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 POWs 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 B.S. 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 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 who uplifted the heart of every person he encountered. Survivors: He is survived by his loving family, daughters, Glennis Wilson and husband, Mike, of Duncan, Okla., and Beki Sansing and husband, David, of Coppell; precious granddaughter, Melissa Venrick of Longmont, Colo.; joyful great-grandchildren, Will and Tanner; and granddog, Maggie.

Published in Star-Telegram on Apr. 27, 2013
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