COLONEL ROBERT F. WARREN

Robert Warren

COLONEL ROBERT F. WARREN

U.S MARINE CORPS (Retired)

CLASS OF 1941
INDUCTED 1997

Bob Warren graduated from Covert High School in 1941. While attending Michigan State University, World War II started, and in 1942 he joined the Navy's aviation cadet program. This led to his serving his country in three wars with dignity, honor, and valor, and to become known to many as one of the most famous of the United States Marine pilots. His career spanned the most dramatic growth of aviation from the open cockpit of bi-planes to modern helicopters and jets.

Bob received his Navy wings and U.S. Marine Corp commission while still 19 years of age. He was in charge of a four plane, sixteen, man detachment from the Island of Guam. Upon return to the States, Bob received a regular commission in the Marine Corp at Quantico, Virginia, then was assigned to Cherry Point, North Carolina. He was deployed to Korea in September 1951. As a result of many behind the lines rescuer missions, Bob received his third Distinguished Flying Cross. Following his return to the United States, Bob was promoted to Captain, and ordered to California to teach mountain flying to new helicopter pilots. Later Bob was sent to Laos, as a helicopter advisor to the US Ambassador to Laos. The duties he performed there remain classified, but his rank was now Major, and was soon selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. Colonel Bob was ordered to Vietnam for 13 months with the 3rd Marine Amphibian Force, where he received the Legion of Merit with Combat "V", for his heroic service.

After almost 30 years of service Bob retired, at the age of 46, in 1969, with over 8,000 flying hours about equally divided between fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

Bob is married to Mildred 'Millie" Weber Warren, Covert High School Class of 1941.

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