More detail on this person: Vietnam veteran to be honored with others in Washington, D.C.
EAST STROUDSBURG - Robert Lee George of East Stroudsburg didn't die in combat in Vietnam, but his death years later was no less honorable, because
he answered the call to serve.
George, who died at age 50 in 1999, is among 28 others from across the country who died after their service in Vietnam, who will be honored posthumously in Washington D.C. on Monday, April 16. The ceremony, being held by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, will start 7 a.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The memorial lists the names of those who died only in combat. However, there are those who died from Agent Orange-related cancer, post traumatic stress disorder-related suicide or other forms of physical or emotional suffering that resulted from serving in Vietnam. The memorial fund believes these veterans should also be honored.
George died as a result of exposure to Agent Orange, a carcinogenic defoliant used against the enemy in Vietnam.
George, who was born in Johnstown, Cambria County, earned the Silver Star as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam. The 1967 East Stroudsburg High School graduate worked as an engineer for Instrument Specialties in Delaware Water Gap.
He belonged to the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Association, Thomas P. Lambert Post 2540 Veterans of Foreign Wars, East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church and National Rifle Association.
Speakers at Monday's ceremony will include Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Anthony Principi, Charles Dyke of International Technology and Trade Associates and Vietnam Veterans Memorial founder Jan Scruggs.
From: James A. Laux
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