Robert Searcy

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  • "A really nice guy that I certainly will miss seeing around..."
    - Joy Spears
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Robert Leo Searcy of Lake Conroe, Tx. passed away on March 6, 2013, after a year long battle with Luekemia from contamination by the defoliant, Agent Orange used during the Viet Nam War. He is survived by his fiance, Terry Krumnow, daughters Connie Bradford and Wendy Woode, brother Ray and wife Arlene Searcy, three sisters: Roberta and Lee Watkins, Betty Griffin and Ann and Robert Oshaughnessy, as well as ten grandchildren.

Robert was born on June 3, 1944, in Wichita Falls, Texas. After graduating from The Wichita Falls High School, he attended Midwestern University and Arlington State University. He enlisted in the Navy in 1965 and graduated as a Naval Operating Room Technician from the Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California in the top ten percent of his class. In 1968, after serving in the operating room as a highly trained technician, he was reassigned to serve as a Corpsman attached to the Marines in the I CORP division of Southern Viet Nam where he was embedded in the First Marine Division, Platoon Company One, Third Battallion.

As a Navy Corpsman on April 5, 1969, while his platoon unit was pinned down under enemy fire, he left his position of relative safety to render medical aid to wounded and dying Marines, and he was credited with saving 17 lives. For his bravery and service under enemy fire, he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V'. Other commendations include: the Navy Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and the South Vietnam Unit Citation for "heroic achievement with connection with the enemy." In 2007, Robert was presented with the Purple Heart by the U. S. Congressional Representative, Kevin Brady for wounds received in service during the Vietnam War. After his military service, Robert worked for Randalls/Safeway for twenty-seven years before retiring in 2007. He then worked as a Marshall on the golf course at the April Sound Country Club where he and Terry lived.

A "Celebration of Life Service" hosted by Searcy's family will be held June 1st at the VFW in Grapevine, Texas.

Published on from Mar. 25 to Apr. 7, 2013
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