Col. (Ret) Neil
February 21, 1921-
May 21, 2013
Columbus, Georgia- Col. (Ret.) Neil Robinson, U.S. Army
, age 92, of Columbus, Georgia died Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Spring Harbor.
Funeral Services will be held at the Chapel of the Pines Mausoleum, Parkhill Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia at 3:00 PM, Thursday, May 23, 2013, with the Reverend Timothy H. Graham officiating.
Col. Robinson was born February 21, 1921, at Fort Thomas, KY., son of Burns Robinson and Amy Williams Robinson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia L. Robinson, three brothers, and three sisters. Col. Robinson is survived by his brother, James A. Robinson, of Dayton, Ohio.
Holding a U.S. Army Reserve commission as a second Lieutenant of Infantry at the outbreak of World War II
, he was called to active duty in May of 1942. Later during his service, he received an appointment to a Regular Army commission under the provisions of a Competitive Tour Act enacted by Congress following the war. After 32 years of continuous active duty, he retired in 1974 to Columbus where he has lived in retirement for the past 38 plus years.
Col. Robinson's wartime overseas duty included assignments with Gen. MacArthur's Headquarters on Luzon, in Manila, Philippines, and later in Tokyo, Japan. Subsequent to the surrender ceremony on Tokyo Bay (Nov-45) he was reassigned to the First Cavalry Division as a Troop Commander and Squadron Operations Officer during the Occupation (1945-48). Later, during the Korean War
, he served as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, of the Second Infantry Division (1950-51), landing in Pusan, remaining in Korea throughout the fighting, going all the way to Pyongyang, North Korea, and the back to Seoul, when the Chinese forces entered the war. Following the cease fire, he rotated back to the States where he was assigned as Executive Officer of the Officer Candidate Regiment at Fort Benning, pending attendance at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Col. Robinson's many assignments during his service included duties in the States, as an instructor and unit commander at the Infantry Replacement Centers at Camp Wheeler, GA, Camp Blanding, FL, Camp Polk, LA and Camp Hood TX; several student courses at the Infantry Center, Fort Benning, GA; with the Headquarters of the 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA; as a Battalion Commander of the 33rd Infantry Division, Fort Polk, LA; on the Department of Army General Staff (DCSOPS), Pentagon, Washington D.C.; and as Executive Officer, Army Readiness Region I, Fort Devens, MA, from where he retired in 1974.
Col. Robinson's overseas peacetime assignments included the U.S. Occupation Forces in Japan (1945-49); Senior Advisor, 5th Vietnamese Division, South Vietnam; three years with the European Command Headquarters in Paris, France; duty as the U.S. Defense Attaché, U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq; and as Deputy Chief Army Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group, Turkey (JUSMAT) in Ankara, Turkey.
Col. Robinson's decorations include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star
w/Vdevice and 1 oak leaf cluster, Defense Department Meritorious Medal, Department of Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/2 oak leaf clusters, Korean Presidential Citation, Vietnamese Presidential Unit Citation and numerous wartime campaign service metals.
Col. Robinson was an active member of the Association of the U.S. Army, the Retired Officers Association, The Military Order of World Wars and other military and veteran organizations. He was also a past member of the Fort Benning Officers Club, the Columbus Country Club, the Big Eddy Club, and the Chattahoochee River Club.
The family wishes to acknowledge and is thankful for the care given to Col. Robinson by Angela Huguley and Sheca Clark. In lieu of flowers, contributions may go to Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1146, Columbus, GA 31902 or the