2002-03-23 / Letters

Salute War Hero

Dear Editor,

Saddened to read of the passing of Robert F. Scott in your March 16 issue, I was dismayed that I learned too late to attend his wake and services.

Bob was a World War II hero who put his life and future on the line to prevent a new dark age of tyranny from enslaving the world some sixty years ago. His devotion to duty, country, and his fellow man were the mark of a true patriot.

Bob had to bail out of his stricken bomber over occupied Europe. Captured by the hideous Nazis, he spent the rest of the war in a POW camp, resisting the despots until allied victory brought his liberation.

Upon retiring from Morgan Co. in New York, Bob returned to government service as the Work Leader for the summer beach crew at Jacob Riis park. For the next ten years he worked with veterans of the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam eras. He was respected by everyone at the park as both a hero and a gentlemen. Bob enjoyed the camaraderie with the vets on his crew, and they reciprocated this mutual respect.

The freedoms and prosperities we Americans enjoy are the direct result of efforts of men like Bob Scott who walked the walk during the gravest crisis of the 20th century. Great warriors may fade away but are never far from the hearts of fellow vets. I salute my buddy and friend, Robert F. Scott, patriot, POW, hero, American: this Rum's for you!

Richard J. Ranft


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