Combat Medic Robert J. “Bob” DeSandy
– Company F, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division –
Bob DeSandy entered the Army in 1943 shortly after graduating from high School.
His initial training was completed at Camp Barkley, Texas. Then he was sent to a facility in Pennsylvania for advanced training, qualifying him as a surgical technician. After going overseas he was assigned to Company F, 47th Infantry Regiment. For his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” device for heroism and oak leaf cluster; the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster; the Army Good Conduct Medal; the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five campaign stars; the WWII victory Medal; the Army Occupation Medal with Germany device; the Presidential Unit Citation with two oak leaf clusters; and the Combat Medical Badge.
After the war, Bob attended school and enjoyed a successful career in the the Life Insurance business. He has been active in the 9th Infantry Division, serving multiple terms on the Board of Governors, and as he stated, he “was honored and pleased to serve as National President in 1979”.
Robert DeSandy still lives in Aberdeen, North Carolina.