This nomination is faithfully submitted in recognition of the honorable and
exemplary military service of Robert (Bob) Eugene Chisolm. Although he
completed twenty-eight years, five months and ten days of active duty
service, his commitment to his fellow man, community and country have not
wavered. As one of the original charter members of the Roy P. Benavidez-
Robert Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division
Association, Incorporated, Bob continues to serve with the same fervor as
demonstrated during his days on active duty.
Robert E. Chisolm entered military service in August
of 1942 and attended basic training at Fort Walters, Texas. He successfully
completed Basic Airborne Training and was later assigned to the 508th
Parachute Infantry Regiment and, in 1944 was moved to the European
Theater of Operations. Bob was involved in combat jumps during Operation
“Overlord” into Normandy, France on D-Day and also in Operation “Market
Garden” into Holland. In his book: History of the 508th Parachute Infantry,
William G. Lord wrote: “After combat jump into Holland – unit Officers, and
most Non-Coms, had become casualties – Corporal Robert Chisolm takes
charge of approximately 83 men and, demonstrating exemplary leadership
in action that ensued, is awarded the Legion of Merit.”
(Excerpt taken from: History of the 508th Parachute Infantry by William G.
Lord). He was also actively involved in the bitter fighting which took place
during the Battle of the Bulge where he sustained wounds for a third time.
Bob was evacuated to the United States and was hospitalized at William
Beaumont Army Hospital for a period of ten months. He later returned to
duty with the 508th P.I.R. in Frankfort, Germany. In 1953 he was
commissioned to a 2nd LT and served as a Company Commander with the 7th
Infantry Division. Robert served in Vietnam throughout 1963 and 1964 and
also served in a classified assignment in Southeast Asia from 1966 to 1968.
In 1971 he was medically retired while serving as Chief, War Games Branch,
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.