In memory of our friend
Robert Frederick Dussault
25 Sept 40 – 16 Sept 05
|Bob Dussault was our friend. He
is missed in our hearts. Bob was dealt many blows in
life, both physical and mental. He knew very well
the motto, “don’t give up the ship.” After attending
officer candidate school, Bob went to war for his
country as a Ltjg during Vietnam.
He was wounded in 1968
after being in country for only three months. He spent the
better part of a year in the hospital and rehabilitation.
Bob was 97% disabled from gunshot wounds to his right
shoulder which he sustained in a running gun battle with
enemy forces on a river in Vietnam. Bob received the
Purple Heart for Wounds Received in Action, 7 July, 1968.
Bob attended Chico High
School in Chico California, and was in his fifth year of
college, his first year of law school at Berkeley when he
was called to go to war. He became a navigation officer on
USS Rogers in San Diego. Within a short time he signed
up for special ops, and went through jungle warfare
training which included parachute school and scuba diving.
After finishing this
training , he deployed with his men to Vietnam. There Bob
was stationed in the Rung Sat Special Zone and was trained
to operate in seal insertion/extraction operations with
small craft in Mobile Support Team Three.
In many ways Bob was an
officer and a gentleman. He and his men cared for the
orphans. Bob expressed his deep concern for disabled
veterans of which he was one. Bob has been a continual
inspiration to both of us. He was always active, knew, and
was known by many for his concern and caring heart. Bob
lived in one of the highest crime rate neighborhoods in the
City of San Francisco.
In the last years of his
life on earth, I believe that Bob accepted the Lord and went
Home to be with the Him forever.
If anyone who served
with Bob has any recollections, would you mind sharing them
with us, and add something about yourself.
his friends: Kathleen Manning and Robert Tilley