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EVANS, Robert Joseph
EVANS, Robert Joseph Born Nov. 9, 1948, in Chicago, Ill. Passed away Apr. 6, 2017, in Lancaster, Calif. at the age of 68. Bob grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and attended James Monroe HS in Sepulveda, where he was editor-in-chief when the "Doctrine" won the Grand Sweepstakes Award for overall newspaper excellence in a contest entered by 200 schools. Bob was selected to Boys State, where he met former Governor Edmund G. Brown, and on Boys Day in Government he was appointed Commander, Intelligence Division, and spent the day touring LA Police facilities. Following graduation, Bob enlisted in the Army and was commissioned First Lieutenant at the age of 19. He served as Assistant Adjutant atArmy HQ in Long Binh,Vietnam, and requested a transfer to 101st Airborne Division, where he served as a combat rifle platoon leader. Bob was wounded in action in the A Shau Valley and awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. He was especially proud that there were no casualties in his platoon until he was wounded. Bob was promoted to Captain and retired from the Army due to his medical disability, but spent the next nine years in and out of Letterman General Hospital for facial reconstruction surgery. During this period he was enrolled at the USC Washington Public Affairs Center, and was a staff writer for the USC Daily Trojan. Bob had a genuine interest in politics, and worked as a congressional intern, preparing position papers and developing legislation for introduction. Later Bob became a researcher at the National Transportation Safety Board in Wash., and received several awards for his studies of vehicular accidents and the necessity of mandatory seat belt laws. When Bob moved to the AV, he was very active in the veteran community, and became a member of Point Man. Bob served on the committee for the Mobile Vietnam Memorial for the AV, a half-scale replica of the Wall in the Nation's capitol. Bob's knowledge of the memorial and his military experience were an invaluable resource to those visiting the AV Wall. Bob's compassion and courage were a profound inspiration and comfort to all he encountered, and he will be missed by all who knew him. Bob is survived by son, Douglas Evans, Falls Church, Va; brother, Charles Evans, Palmdale, Calif.; nieces: Robin Mattingly and Monica Evans; nephews: Damian and Jaime Evans. He was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Margaret Evans, and brother, James Evans. Memorial donations may be made in Bob's name to Grace Resource Center in Lancaster, Calif., or The Mobile Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall for the AV. A Memorial service is pending.

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