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 Post subject: We've lost a shipmate.
 Post Posted: Tue May 14, 2013 5:36 am 
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I was saddened to learn that we just lost a fellow shipmate, Bobby Smith. Below is the information sent to me by his companion, Audrey.


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Bobby L Smith-age 82 passed away peacefully Sunday May 5, 2013 at Turkey Creek Med center.
after a brief illness. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Korean conflict and retired from Vinylex Corp.
He leaves behind two children, four grandchildren and special companion of 11 years.
Services held Thursday May 9, 2013.



I first became aware of Bobby when he mailed his 1951 cruise book to me to scan for my cruise book project. Bobby was attached to VF-43 aboard the USS Oriskany for the 1951 cruise. Bobby was active in the ORA and attended several reunions.

Bobby and I have communicated many times since he first sent me his cruise book and I've come to think of him as a friend. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family.


Taken in Times Square New York, New Years Eve 1947.
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Bobby doing what he liked best.
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 Post subject: Re: We've lost a shipmate.
 Post Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:50 am 
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Sorry to hear about Bobby's passing. He will be greatly missed by those close to him, but he will continue to live on through his cruise book. I know he will be remembered forever.

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:( It's always sad to lose one of our brothers in arms, may God bless his spirit. Doc, thanks for taking the time to remember this man. Al the best to you.

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 Post subject: Re: We've lost a shipmate.
 Post Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:47 pm 
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I meet Bobby one year after the sinking of the Oriskany in Pensacola FL had a good time with him sorry to hear he is no longer with us. :(

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