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We are sorry to report the news that Bravo Battery & Echo Co Marine Bob French, quietly and peacefully, passed away Sunday afternoon 1/28/07.

MGySgt Robert French USMCRET


   1930 - 2007
Paul Marquis
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     Photo of flowers sent by Bravo Battery
flowers similar to the ones sent, but Bob's were in red and gold."
      Semper Fi to our brother, MGySgt Bob French USMC (Ret)
From the Vietnam Veterans of Bravo Bty 12th Marines 1965-1969

Here is Bob's obituary:

Robert was born September 8, 1930 in Concordia, KS. He grew up on a farm northeast of Jamestown, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted French and Ethel McBride French.

Survivors include his wife Martha; three children: Jim & Danyele French, Wichita; Becky & Brad Whisler, Salina; Jeff & Joleen Pinnell, McPherson. 14 Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren, & a special cat (Imus).

Robert joined the U.S. Navy in 1949 and was assigned to the U.S.S. Bataan C.V.L. 29 where he served 2 tours off Korea.

He was transferred to the USS Norton Sound a Guided Missile test ship.

After Discharge from the navy he went to Seattle, Washington, where he received his Merchant Seamans Certificate. He shipped out with the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey aboard the USC & GSS Hodson doing Hydrography all over southeast Alaska.

Robert joined the Marine Corp in December 1953, where he was stationed at different times at 29 Palms, Camp Pendleton & Kanlone, Hawaii.

He joined the Air force in 1957. He served at Richard Gebaur, Kansas City & Clark field, Phillipines & Fort McArthur, California & Independent Duty in Laos.

From 1962 to 1965, Robert was employed by Pacific Bell Telephone Company.

Being in a Marine Reserve unit when Vietnam started, he requested to go into active duty and he served 3 tours. Robert retired from the Marine Corp in 1976 while at the Marine Corp headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In 1980, he attended and graduated from Kansas Technical Institute in Salina.

In 1981, he went to work for Boeing Military Aircraft at their Antenna Test Range. He retired in 1984.

He began building and selling Amateur Radio Equipment throughout the Midwest.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Salina, Khe Sanh Veterans Bravo Battery 12th Marines, USS Bataan Association, National Rifle Association, and AARL.

Due to his love for animals, Memorials are asked to be sent to Salina Animal Shelter or to any Wildlife Fund.

A Memorial Service to be held Friday, February 2, 2007 at 10:00 am at Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home 500 S. Ohio, Salina, KS 67401

Rev. Bob Robinson will be officiating.

Bob French's services will be held Friday, February 2, 2007 at 10:00 AM at:

Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
500 S. Ohio
Salina, KS 67401

Ph: 785-823-3456
Fax: 785-823-085

Please note that the family requests donations to the Salina Animal Shelter. 

Their contact information is:

Salina Animal Shelter
329 N. 2nd Street
Salina, Kansas 67401

Phone: 785-826-6535
Fax: 913-826-6600