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In Tribute to Cmdr. Robert Allan Schlegel
38 years old.   Residence: Alexandria, Va.
Died in Pentagon

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Thank you CMDR Schlegel. We won every fight since then!

*** Posted by SSG Baker on 2012-05-30 ***

Like Captain Boos, I too was on the USS Spartanburg County LST-1192 during the time that Rob was on board as an ensign. I didnt know him well but his service to our country will be remembered and definately mentioned at our upcoming USS Spartanburg County Reunion in August. Our prayers are with your family.

Dave Errickson
Engineman 2nd Class Petty Officer
USS Spartanburg County LST-1192 1985-1988

*** Posted by Dave Errickson on 2012-05-30 ***

Rest in peace sir! I served with mister schlegel on the uss spartanburg county. Sorry for the loss of a good man. Peace to the family, I pray!

*** Posted by William youmans on 2012-05-27 ***

Commander Rob Schlegel was my friend and shipmate. His good humor and quick wit made him the sort of guy you just wanted to be around. We made our first cruise together as dashing young Ensigns on board USS SPARTANBURG COUNTY (LST-1192).

Our very best day together was spent in St. Tropez. We were at anchor off St. Raphael and it was the rare occasion we could sleep in. The XO burst into our room (taking great pleasure I’m sure) to wake us up. He said the CO and some of the Marines were taking the gig to St. Tropez for the day and if we wanted to go we had to be on the boat in 5 minutes.  Our feet hit the deck and we made the boat just in time.

On board the gig was a local restaurant owner that seemed to know everyone. He had made arrangements with some of his friends in St. Tropez to extend some generous hospitality to us. When we arrived at the quay wall we were immediately ushered into a local establishment for a hearty welcome. Our money was no good and the refreshments were bottomless.  Eventually we ended up on the back patio of the Café Mediterranean grilling steaks and lobster tails and drinking red wine from the biggest bottle I had ever seen (easily 12 liters). The cloudless sky was a perfect blue and it was one of those afternoons when time seems to pause for a while. In that timeless space, we laughed, joked and shed the cares of the day.

I will not forget Rob. I will not forget the kick in the gut when I received the email from his wife saying he was unaccounted for. I will not forget the helicopters flying over my house carrying the remains of those recovered at the Pentagon to Dover, wondering which one carried Rob. I hope my service since his passing honors his memory.

Rob’s fiancé sent him a cassette tape of The Joshua Tree while we were on that cruise. He played it over and over and over again. It became one of those annoying roommate things that bug you when you are bone tired from the underway routine and ready for the cruise to be done.

On September 11, as I always do, I will drink red wine, toast the memory of my friend, and listen to The Joshua Tree.

Never forget. 

Phillip Boos
CAPT, USNR (ret.)

*** Posted by Phillip Boos on 2011-09-23 ***

Thank you for your patriotism, service, leadership and sacrifice CMDR Schlegel. Lt. CMDR Sclegel was my XO onboard USS Scott DDG995 during my service as an enlisted sailor and will never be forgotten.

GSM3 Weddle

Shane M. Weddle

*** Posted by Shane M. Weddle on 2011-09-11 ***

I think Rob would be proud of the students who take advantage of the Schlegel prize at Washington and Lee University. He was a great friend who knew the value of human relationships. This memorial to Rob does three things:

1. It enables W&L students to participate in foreign affairs conferences, including both the Student Conference on United States Affairs at West Point and the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis.

2. It recognizes the best paper on foreign affairs or international relations in a given academic year.

3. And it provides financial support for student research projects related to international affairs.

Part of Rob's legacy is now to teach the next generation how to deal with international conflicts like the one that took him from us. I encourage anyone who is so inclined to continue to add to the endowment for the Schlegel Prize for International Studies by sending a check to Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450 earmarked for "The Schlegel Prize."

*** Posted by Henry Dewing on 2010-09-11 ***

I served with Rob onboard USS Harry E. Yarnell. He was the DCA and I was the Ordnance Officer. He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed when he would puff his chest out in mock anger when he felt I wasn't respecting the fact that he outranked me. My favorite memory of him was in Ireland when I had had too much to drink the night before and made an ass of myself. He came into the wardroom the next morning for Officers Call, slap me on the shoulder, smiled and said, "You can party with me anytime."

*** Posted by David Doe on 2008-09-11 ***

I'm Robs niece and I've been looking throgh sites six years after his death and it gets me everytime what you guys do to show that he and others were heros. Thanks

*** Posted by Becky Schlegel on 2006-01-09 ***

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