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October 18, 2013

Guard member served in Korea

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NORMAN —

He often heard shells flying overhead, but he was never targeted. He rotated home in May 1952. Bobby still likes to cook for his family.

Once back home, he went to plumbing school and worked for Smalley Plumbing for one year. He then went to work for the city of Norman in the city clerk’s office, where he handled the billing for the water department until 1957.

One day, Jack Patten, from Security National Bank, offered him a job at the bank. He worked there as a teller from 1957 to 1995. He was the teller at the first drive-thru window for the bank. He was once robbed at gunpoint as he was carrying the money from the drive-thru windows to the main bank.

Bobby and Francine have three grown children, Bruce, Claudia and Chad.

The Norman Veterans Committee is sponsoring the Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. Nov. 9. The parade will proceed down Jenkins Avenue to the Cleveland County Veterans Memorial at Reaves Park, where a ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. Retired Lt. Gen. Harry M. “Bud” Wyatt, a former adjutant general for Oklahoma and director of the Air National Guard in the Pentagon, will be the keynote speaker.

The theme for the parade this year is Red, White and Blue — Veterans on the March. Organizers encourage honor guards, marching bands, floats, motorcycle groups, car clubs all with the same underlying desire — to honor our veterans. — to participate.

Groups or organizations wishing to participate in the parade may download an application from normanfun.com. The deadline for parade entries is Oct. 31.

For more information contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 366-5472.

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