Robert Patrick Jordan
West Point, 1969
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Camden McConnell on October 12, 2007:
Since Bob entered West Point the summer I graduated, I never met him until we were assigned together in the 91st Maneuver Training Command, USAR, where he was my able assistant. He was unfailingly helpful in our duty of writing and conducting exercises for Reserve and National Guard Engineer units.
Bob was a very special kind of man. I was reminded of a story I had read in "Army" magazine years before of a Lieutenant who chanced upon a Colonel leaning on the rail of a bridge observing a crew of men in the mud below trying mightily to get a howitzer unstuck. The Lieutenant starting shouting directions to the men below. After a bit of that, one of the men shouted up, with some profanity, that the Lieutenant might better keep his thoughts to himself or the individual would come up and shut him up. The Lieutenant turned in horror to the Colonel and asked "Colonel, is that one of your sergeants?" to which the Colonel answered, "No, Lieutenant. that is one of my Majors!" Bob would have been that Major!
Bob was never one to think of himself as high and mighty, and always one to get his hands dirty at the task at hand, whether military, inspecting sewers with his TV equipment, or restoring Indian motorcycles.
We will miss you, Bob.
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