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BOB L. ROBINSON, MG, Ret
Master Army Aviator & Parachutist
Army Helicopter Instructor
Germany 1958-1960
730 Lake Crest Cove
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
407-260-9653


Manchester Dedication
The WWII photo exhibit now at Emma’s Family Restaurant contains two walls of photographs and copies of Camp Forest information material.
There are many pictures of soldiers, military equipment, and buildings, and even a 1941 photograph of Maj Gen George Patton Jr. and then Lt Colonel Mark Clark sitting on a sidewalk by a street in Manchester.  Both of these men became renowned four star Generals by war's end... READ ARTICLE


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Camp Forrest during World War II

 

Message, Wed 12/8/2010 5:54 PM

 

Mr. Speer,

I am the son of a Franklin, TN native who died of wounds he received in the Normandy Invasion in 1944.

I have made intensive research about my father P.F.C. W. A. Robinson, Co G, 2nd Bn/120th Inf Regt/30th Inf Div "Old Hickory" over a period of years.  Dad was 35 yrs when he died in 1944, married with 3 sons, ages 10, 8, and 6.

I am attaching a file with a little info about my dad and my search.  It was published in the Manchester, Tn newspaper several years ago.

I have collected a large amount of photos and information about the U.S. Second Army Tennessee Maneuvers in WW II.  One of the photos I am most pleased to have is a picture of MG George S. Patton, Jr. sitting on a sidewalk in Manchester during his time at Camp Forrest in 1942.

I am personally attracted to Gen Patton Jr. legacy as I served in one of the units his son George Patton was in the '70s.  My wife and I were guests at the marriage of Helen Patton, granddaughter of GP Jr in Hampton Mass in 94.

Several years ago, I served as a consultant to NBCNews when they produced a special production for the Discovery Channel, "2004 Return to Normandy with Tom Brokaw".

At my present age of 77, I am interested in finding a suitable repository for my collection of WW II memorabilia, photos and souvenirs relating to the 30th Inf Div activities in WW II.  If you have any thoughts about a possible worthy recipient group or organization, I would welcome them.

I have had contact with several of the commanders of Arnold AFB over the years and am sorely disappointed in their lack of some WW II Historical tribute to the activities at Camp Forrest during one of the most important times in history.  The response I received was woefully inconsiderate of the legacy of the U.S. Second Army Tennessee Maneuvers.

You may feel otherwise, but maybe someday this hope might be reality.

Sincerely,

BOB L. ROBINSON, MG, Ret
Master Army Aviator & Parachutist
Army Helicopter Instructor - Germany 1958-1960
730 Lake Crest Cove
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
407-260-9653