Robert L. ''Bob'' Izumi


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Lord
, I am your United States Paratrooper.

Lord, you have placed on my chest above my heart Wings of silver
Make me be brave in peace and in war, even fearless in death.
Hand in hand I will stand with Thee and my Fellow troopers. With heroes that have gone before, heroes of tomorrow.

Lord, let us not forget our fellow troopers that have gone before us.
Let us remain heroes within ourselves.

Lord, grant me peace and strength when my years on earth are near.

Lord, I can say, "I have served Thee and my Fellow troopers and my country," to all my fellow troopers of silver wings, as faithfully as the day the silver wings were placed on my chest.

Lord, may we jump with peace in our hearts and grant our fellow man peace. 

Amen


by Robert Izumi, G Co, 3rd Bn, 506th PIR, 101st Abn. Div

- Born: 18 Sep 1925 Belvedere, California
- Enlistment date: June 1943
- Deployments: Europe, September 5, 1943
- Units: Company G, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
- Rank: Master Sergeant
- Qualifications: Combat Infantryman
- Decorations: World War II Victory Ribbon, EAME Theater Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Distinguished Unit Badge with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Belgian Fourragere.
- Discharge Date: 15 June 1946

Bob joined the Army in WWII as a member of the Japanese-American Nisei Battalion and saw action in Italy before he volunteered for Paratrooper duty. He was trucked in to Bastogne with the 506th PIR and went on to make the Army a career, serving in Korea, Vietnam and Panama.
In April 1972, Robert joined the Air Force at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He continued to serve within the Air Force as a CM sergeant until his final discharge in December 1975.

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I met Bob Izumi at Bastogne, Ardennes, Belgium, December 12, 2010