Bob Evans, a founding member of The Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall, passed away April 6, 2017 in Lancaster, CA.
Bob was born November 9, 1948 in Chicago, IL. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley and attended James Monroe High School in Sepulveda.
Following high school graduation, Bob enlisted in the Army and was commissioned First Lieutenant at the age of 19. He served as Assistant Adjutant at Army 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 spend 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 papters and developing legislation for introduction.
When he moved to the Antelope Valley, Bob was very active in the veteran community and joined Point Man Ministries. Bob served on the AV Wall committee since its inception. His knowledge of the memorial and his military experience were an invaluable resource to AV Wall visitors and volunteers.
Bob’s compassion and courage were a profound inspiration and comfort to all he encountered. Bob will be missed by all who knew him.
Rest in peace, Bob.