Robert Heron Jr.
1932 - 2020
Robert Heron, Jr. N. CHARLESTON - Robert (Bob) Heron, Jr., 87, of North Charleston, SC, was raised to eternal life on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Bob was born and raised in Plainfield, NJ and graduated from The Citadel in 1954. He served his country as a USAF pilot, earning numerous medals for his bravery during his career serving as an Air Commando in Central America, flying pararescue helicopters in Vietnam, piloting C-141's, and later training C-5 pilots. After his retirement in 1980 as a Lieutenant Colonel, he opened Carolina Video Center, the first video store in Charleston, and ran the store for eleven years. In his later years, Bob and his wife, Penny, were active members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Summerville, SC. Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Beverly Anne Heron, who passed in 1994. Bob is survived by his wife, Penny Heron; daughter Patricia Heron Lewis, son Robert Heron, brother Rev. Dr. James Heron, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. A celebration of Bob's life will be held at a later date. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project. Visit our guestbook at charleston
Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Aug. 6 to Aug. 7, 2020.
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I don't know what else to add about Bob. He taught me to use the 4 radios we had at our Jolly Green Giant Alert Shack ... and the proper discipline with which to use them while communicating with our rescue helicopters. Even though I was only a young barely 20-something, he treated me (and all others) as a MAN and not just a crazy enlisted boy. Bob enabled me and all of us, to be proud of what we were doing in the USAF, despite the climate at home and in the media. Because of age and rank, we really only interacted on the helicopter or at "Shoestring", our Jolly Green Alert Shack radio room. It is too bad (for me) that I didn't get to know him more fully, and not just as my combat chauffeur (grin).
Douglas L Horka
August 6, 2021
I have had the honor of knowing Mr. Heron for many years as the long time friend of his wonderful daughter, Pat. Mr. Heron was always a quiet and kind person whose quick wit and sense of humor drew people to him. His heroism and dedication to our country, and the military awards he achieved throughout his time served, demonstrate his tremendous strength in character. Like the wings of the planes that you flew, may your new wings bring you to a place of eternal rest. You will be missed.
Mary Lou Careaga
August 28, 2020
I flew many missions with Bob on the HH-3E rescue helicopters out of NKP, Thailand. I was a PJ (Pararescueman) in the rear of the chopper. I hope that Bob's passing was peaceful for him. He got me home safely every time. For that I am extremely grateful.
Douglas Horka
August 9, 2020
So sad to hear of Bob’s sincere condolences to Penny and his family.
Jan Freeman
August 7, 2020
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