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Robert Hunt Steele obituary

Former Gordon Military College instructor and decorated veteran Robert Hunt Steele , 90, died January 21. Robert Hunt Steele, age 90, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2012, at his residence in Rocky Ford. He was born in Griffin, GA, was retired from the U. S. Army after 27 years having served in WWII and Korea in the 15th Infantry Regiment ‘“ Canon Company and was retired from the GA Dept. of Public Safety after 20 years of service, where he was a license examiner. He was also a member of Rocky Ford Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his Daughter: Heidi Schulz; Parents: George & Oneita Reeves Steele; Sister: Virginia David. Please see below for more on Mr. Steele’s history…. Survivors: Wife: Thelma Harrelson Steele of Rocky Ford; Daughters and Son-In-Law: Heidi Collins and Julia & Charles Gay, all of Statesboro; Sons and Daughters-In-Law: Leonard, Jr. & Marian Elkins Collins of Sylvania and Barry & Julie Collins of Alpharetta, GA ; Brothers and Sister-In-Law: Ralph & Sarah Steele of Griffin, GA and George Steele of Missouri; 10 Grandchildren; 9 Great-Grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews. Visitation: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home. Funeral Services: Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at Rocky Ford Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Johnston and Rev. Bob Holsten officiating. Burial at Rocky Ford Cemetery. He will lie in state at the church from 10:00 PM until 11:00 AM. Pallbearers: Josh Collins, Jed Gay, Adam Zack, Kenneth Collins, Charles Collins and Leslie Collins. Honorary Pallbearers: Men’s Adult Sunday School Class at Rocky Ford Baptist Church. Full Military Honors at the cemetery. Remembrances: Rocky Ford Baptist Church, c/o Aletha Durden, 164 Main Street, Rocky Ford, GA 30455 or to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P O Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30458 Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements. Retired ‘“ US Army ‘“ 27 years – Command Sergeant Major Retired ‘“ Georgia Dept. of Public Safety ‘“ 20 years – Chief License Examiner Organizations: Life Member of the 15th Infantry Regiment Association, Life Member of the Society of the 3rd Infantry Division, 33rd Degree Mason, Rose Hill Lodge #484, Member of the American Legion, Member of the Association of the US Army, Member of the National Rifle Association, Honorary Member of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association Awards, Decorations and Medals of Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Robert Hunt Steele Legion of Honor Chevalier (Knight): This award is France’s highest civilian award. It is also given to foreign soldiers. It is France’s equivalent to our Medal of Honor. The French Legion of Honor is an Order of Chivalry first established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. The Croix de Guerre: This is awarded by the French Government to those soldiers who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with the enemy. French Fourragere: The French Fourragere shoulder cord is awarded by the French government when a unit has been citied twice for the French Cross of War (Croix de Guerre). The award of the fourragere is not automatic but must be by specific decree of the French government. Silver Star Medal: It is the third highest military decoration for valor that can be awarded to any person serving in any capacity with the United States Armed Forces. The medal is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. Bronze Star Medal w/V Device & Oak Leaf Cluster: It is awarded for acts of heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone. When awarded for acts of heroism, the medal is awarded with the “V” device. The medal is sometimes referred to as the Bronze Star and is the fourth-highest combat decoration. Army Commendation Medal: It is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service. It is awarded for valorous actions in direct contact with an enemy force, but of a lesser degree than required for the award of the Bronze Star Medal. Purple Heart Medal: It is awarded in the name of the President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving with the U.S. military. The Purple Heart is the oldest military award that is still given to members of the U.S. military. Presidential Unit Citation w/5 Battle Stars: It is awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. The unit must display such gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions so as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign. A star represents a battle that the unit displayed such gallantry. Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation: It is a military award issued by the government of South Korea to both South Korean and foreign military units for gallantry in combat with the enemy. Republic of Korea Presidential Service Medal: It is a military award issued by the government of South Korea United States military units for their service in Korea. Campaign Medals Combat Infantry Badge American Campaign Medal w/ Five Battle Stars American Defense Medal Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Army of Occupation Medal ‘“ WWII Germany Europe, Africa, Middle East Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal w/ Two Battle Stars United Nations Service Medal – Korea Good Conduct Medal w/ Two Oak Leaf Clusters World War II ‘“ 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Served in the same unit with Audie Murphy.

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