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Col Robert "Bob" Doak
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During 1941, at Easter vacation from his freshman year at Potomac State College, a young man and his college friend hitchhiked to Toronto, Canada to inquire about joining the Royal Canadian Air Force. Little did Bob Doak know awaiting him at his Cumberland home was a draft notice ordering him to report Septembe 12, 1941 for induction in our Armed Forces. Those intervening years would see him go from Private to Colonel. Along the way, he commaned a rifle company in the 8th Infantry Division through parts of Normandy and Britany, France, where he was wounded and returned to the States for further hospitalization. During the Korean War, he was Executive Officer of an Infantry Battalion on the 40th Division.
His tour was extended whenhe was assigned to the Military Armistice Commission, United Nations Command, as a member of Joint Observer Team No. 1 whose primary mission was to observe and report incursions into the Demilitarized Zone by the Communists Forces of North Korea and China.
In 1965, he was assigned as Deputy Chief, Plans and Operations Division, U.S. Army, Vietnam.
During his service he received 23 awards and decorations. Now 91 years old, he remains in good health. He often speaks of his formative years in Cumberland and through the YMCA became close friends with other students from Allegany and LaSalle High Schools (he graduated from Pennsylvania Ave. H.S.) His sister, Margaret, age 94 is still living in their family home in Cumberland. For 65 years, he has been married to his beloved wife, Skippy, also from Cumberland. They presently reside in Colonial Heights, VA and Vero Beach, FL.
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