Col. Robert Wilcox, World War II Air Force veteran and and author, left this life on April 2nd, 2017.
He was a prolific writer who created engaging short stories about crucial events in the wartime lives of more than 200 World War II veterans. His original stories were published for more than 16 years as monthly veterans’ columns in 50plus LIFE, a regional publication. His paperback book titled, “Salute to Our Veterans,” produced in 2016, is a collection of 50 of his stories originally published in 50plus LIFE.
Wilcox’s final profile in the book is of himself. As an Army pilot and as part of the Berlin Airlift, he was nearly shot down. “Over those wonderful years of flying,” Wilcox concludes, “I found that there were many ways to kill yourself flying an airplane — combat being only one of the more obvious.” (Credit: Lancaster Online: Jack Brubaker, “The Scribbler: Extraordinary Veterans, July 2016
Earlier this year Col Wilcox was awarded the Quilt of Valor during a meeting of the Military Officers Association of America’s Lancaster chapter. Quilts of Valor are awarded to deserving veterans and active service members for their service to the nation. The Quilt of Valor is a lifetime award. Their mission is to “cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor”. Col. Wilcox’s quilt was created by the Quilt of Valor team from the Red Rose Quilters Guild.
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