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Beaufort’s Robbie Robertson, 81, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in Camden, N.J. in 1957. After Boot Camp at Parris Island and Infantry training he served as a Marine guard aboard the USS Providence (CLG-6) deploying to WESTPAC. Thereafter, several tours brought him to be commissioned in 1965 in Pensacola, Fla., where he earned his wings in 1967. He flew helicopters (UH-34D) in Vietnam at Phu Bai, later flying the Sea Stallion (CH-53) in search and rescue at MCAS Cherry Point before transitioning to jets (A-4 Sky Hawk) at MCAS Beaufort and in Vietnam at Ben Hoa. He retired as a Major in 1979 with 22 years of service and as the Airfield Operations Officer at MCAS Beaufort. After active duty, he attended Technical College of the Lowcountry to become a Registered Nurse, then worked 22 years in various health-related positions in Beaufort County. He’s also known for his years of working for the Beaufort Water Festival.

– Compiled by John Chubb, American Legion Post 9. For nominations, contact