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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 the 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 Vietnamese 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.

 

From his friends:  Kathleen Manning and Robert Tilley

rltilley@sbcglobal.net

 

 

The following photographs and documents were provided by Kathleen and Robert to share with us. It is hoped that there is historical information that we can share that will give them more information about Bob's service time. The Vietnam Era photos have already brought forward some new vessel photos and BSU group photos. If you knew Bob, share your stories.


Received 07-14-06 - I REMEMBER LTG DUSSAULT. HE WAS THE MST-3 RELIEVEING OFFICER WHEN LT GALLAGER WAS RELIEVED WHEN MYSELF, AND THE REST OF THE 67 MST DETACHMENT WAS RELIEVED IN APR OF 68".I GAVE HIM A RUN DOWN ON BOSTON WHALER/SEAL INSERTION OPS /EXTRACTION OPS IN THE RUNG SAT, BEAR YOU DON"T REMEMBER HIM BECAUSE HE RODE WITH ME ON A COUPLE OF OPS.

I HOPE THIS CLEARS SOME OF THE MYSTERY UP.

BEST REGARDS TO ALL, BILL MOREO ENCM USN RET.


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August 6, 2006 - From Randy "Bear" Miller - I was on the Warboats, MST-3 web site and read with interest your story on LtJG Dussault and was fascinated by the pictures that you posted. In reading his citation for his Bronze Star, I remembered the night of Apr 11, 1968 very well. I was on the LCPL while he was on the Mighty Mo.. . . More Here


Dussault Citations and Correspondence
 
 

Training

       
   

USS Enterprise

 

USS Rogers

       
     

Battleship

     

Bob Photos

       
     

PTF Photos

       
   

Swift Boats

       
 

Other Boats        
         
     

         

         
     

PC

       
 

PBRs

       
         
     

Unknown PBR Incident

 
   
 
         

Newpaper Clippings

   

More Bob Photos
 

Vietnamese Orphanage

 
         

Porsche

     

 


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