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MEYER, Robert

MEYER - Robert In memory of Robert "Bob" Jene Meyer, the last surviving WWII Squadron Commander of the 20th Fighter Group, who passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the age of 97. Bob was born in Buffalo, NY and attended Fosdick-Masten Park High School. In 1941, he joined the United States Army Air Corps and, while stationed at RAF Kings Cliffe in England, served as Squadron Commander of the 79th Fighter Squadron in the Allied effort to defeat Germany. The Group's mission concentrated on escorting medium and heavy bombers to targets on the European continent. After returning from Europe, Bob graduated from the University of Buffalo, and in 1952 received his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar. His duty stations while in the Air Force included Randolph AFB, Maxwell AFB, Wright-Patterson AFB, Andrews AFB and the Pentagon. For meritorious service, Bob was awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal. He served proudly until his retirement as Brigadier General in July 1969. Bob and his late wife, Martha Mansfield Meyer, retired in central Virginia where they enjoyed traveling, golf, friends, and family. With a positive attitude and a wonderful sense of humor, Bob was a humble man and a strategic thinker who never failed to provide a great sense of security for his family. He was also predeceased by his brother, Donald Meyer and Donald's wife, Rita. He is survived by his sister Margaret (Bob) Pumm and his children Randall Meyer, Susan Meyer, and Nancy Meyer. Brigadier General Robert Jene Meyer will be laid to rest with full Military Honors at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia.

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