Robert H. Robinson

1954, Commissioned 2nd Lt. ROTC, Baylor University.

Sep. 1955, Graduated Pilot Training Class 55T Goodfellow AFB, TX.

Nov. 1955 – Apr. 1956, Helicopter Pilot & Instructor Trng., Gary AFB, TX., H-13, H-19 and H-21.

Apr. 1956 – Aug. 1959, Helicopter Instructor Pilot, Gary AFB, Randolph AFB, Stead AFB, H-13, H-19 and H-21.

Sep. 1959 – Sep. 1961, Goose Bay AFB, Labrador, H-19 and H-21.

Oct. 1961 – Apr. 1962, Titan I Missile School, Sheppard, AFB, TX.

Apr. 1962 – Jun. 1964, Titan I Missile Crew Commander (additional duty Missile Site Support, H-19).

Jun. 1964 – Jan. 1965, Commander Missile Site Support Section, Mountain Home AFB, ID.

Jan. 1965 – Jan. 1967, Matagorda AF Range, TX., H-19.

Jan. 1967 – Apr. 1968, Little Rock AFB, AR., H-19 and UH-1.

May 1968 – Jun. 1969, Osan AFB, Korea, H-19.

Jun. 1969 – Aug. 1974, Elmendorf AFB, AK, H-21 and H-3E.


~ Final Flight 27 November 2012 ~

Robert H. “Bob” “Robby” Robinson USAF (Retired)
October 16, 1931 – November 27, 2012

Robert H. “Bob” Robinson of Lawton, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, November 27, 2012. He was born to John Olen Robinson and Lou Bailey Robinson on October 16, 1931, in Knox County, Texas, near Red Springs.

He graduated from Seymour Texas High School in 1949, and entered and graduated from Baylor University. Bob was always grateful for having played on Baylor’s 1952 Orange Bowl team. Decades later, other linemen would lament having their “bell” rung by his huge right hand.

In 1954 he met and married Jane Roberts Robinson on June 1, 1954.

In his 20 years in the Air Force, he saved more than 40 souls that we know of, while assigned to the 5040th Helicopter squadron at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. Bob was a retired Air Force helicopter pilot. Bob’s accomplishments have escaped much public measure even though many lives were saved by him, and many more shaped by his leadership and love. He also won the Search and Rescue Trophy in 1972 and the Order of Daedalians Polar Spark 10. He was a 32 (degree) Freemason.

No place was too far for either friends or family in a tight spot. He once drove 30 hours nonstop to Seattle for a family emergency. In 1997, he magically appeared in Vicenza, Italy, just to babysit. For Bob, there was always a better day “just over that next little rise.” He was a professed Christian, confident in his salvation, and lived his faith rather than talked it.

Robert Robinson is survived by his wife Jane; daughter and son-in-law Brenda and Lt. Col. (Ret) Larry Bell of Chantilly, VA; sons and daughters-in-law Lt. Col. (Ret) James O. and Kathleen Robinson of Eagle River, AK, CDR (Ret) R. Michael and Nancy Robinson of Virginia Beach, VA, and Col. John R. and Jennifer Robinson of Apollo Beach, FL; 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and sister and brother-in-law Betty and Charles Montgomery of Seymour, TX.

Memorial graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Cemetery in Seymour, officiated by Drew Robinson. Services are under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.

Interment will be in Seymour, TX.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, TX, 75219-3993

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December 09, 2012
Robbie and I go back to Gary AFB, TX. He was a great guy with a big heart. He will be missed by all who knew him and pray for loved ones.
Rip Smith 32 Degree, Shalimar, Florida

December 07, 2012
We are very sorry to learn of Robby’s passing. He was a good friend and a very caring person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Joe and Evelyn Fouts, Anchorage, Alaska

December 07, 2012
Losing another vet always hurts, but we know he is in a better place now. Remember the good times.
Sincerely, John B. McTasney, Helicopter Pilot

December 06, 2012
He will be missed by many. I will always remember our flights together in Alaska.
George Hitt, Wellington, Kansas

December 06, 2012
I’m very sorry for your loss. I lost my Dad in Feb. 2012. He was a B-17 pilot and later a helicopter pilot. I understand you pain and wish you the best.
Linda Stevens, Overland, Missouri

December 06, 2012
A great pilot, a wonderful person. Many good times shared in Alaska.
John V. Hamiga, Colleyville, Texas

December 06, 2012
Sorry hear of the loss of a dear friend. Robby and I were fellow instructors at the USAF Helicopter School at Gary, Randolph and Stead AFB from 1955 – 1959. We flew H-21’s together at Goose Bay, Labrador 1960. Stationed together at Elmendorf later. We were able to reconnect at the USAF Helicopter Pilot Reunions in later years. My condolences to Jane and family.
K.V. Hall, Historian USAFHPA

December 05, 2012
May God bless and comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Bob Runninger, Lake Panasoffkee, Florida

December 04, 2012
Jane & Robinson Family,
I am very saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. I flew many missions, as a Flight Engineer, with Bob when we were both stationed with the 5040th Helicopter Squadron at Elmendorf AFB, AK. One of the finest Officers and Pilots I ever served with. Rather than mourn his passing, I thank God that I, and others, had the privilege and opportunity to have known and served with this man and am proud to call him a friend. May God comfort and protect the Robinson as you reflect on the memories of the life you shared. God rest the soul of Robert. H. Robinson. Jim Burns, SMSgt. USAF (retired)… USAF RotorHeads
Jim Burns, Navarre, Florida

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