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In Tribute to Robert J. Hymel
55 years old.   Residence: Woodbridge, Va.
Died in Pentagon

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Bob and I started pilot training together at Laughlin AFB in February 1970. I remember him as being tenacious and funny — especially when he got excited about something and started speaking Cajun! There were lots of laughs, lots of shared experiences when we were both new to the system. Bob was a pretty unforgettable guy, even then. I just wish I'd been able to see him again after Laughlin and have a few more laughs together. I salute you, Bob, and I will NEVER forget you.

*** Posted by Richard Boulais on 2011-01-06 ***

I remember all those years with fondness. There was nothing like watching those bombers roar down the runway and take off for an ORI. Your heart felt like it was bursting through your skin. I remember the then Lt. Hymel and wish his family today all good wishes and cherished memories.


Linda Marshall Rideout
Daughter - Major Lawrence J. Marshall - KIA/U-Tapao

*** Posted by Linda Marshall Rideout on 2010-09-21 ***

I was watching when Ash 1 crashed and will forever remember the rescue scene.... It's so ironic the Lt (Col) should die doing what he did best ... defending us. God bless his family. I live my life today in God's will in part due to the sacrifice of warriors such as him.

*** Posted by SSG GT Mandelburg on 2010-09-08 ***

I was stationed at U-Tapao during the time of Linebacker II. I worked on the B-52 ramp towing bombers. I was on duty the night of December 26th, 1972 and witnessed Ash 1 crash after overshooting the runway. I was standing by to tow Ash 1 upon its landing. It was a horrific sight and one I will never forget. Those men on that bomber were true heroes, as were all the crews who risked life and limb in service to their country. God bless you, Col. Hymel. When the good Lord calls my number, I hope I have the opportunity to meet you in paradise and thank you for your sacrifice.

*** Posted by Sgt. Steven Moldthan, 307th OMS on 2008-08-05 ***

The years I knew Mr. Hymel were of great impact on my life. He was a great example to me that still guides my life greatly today. Bob and Ms Hymel treated me like family and it changed me forever. I think of him every time I play golf, cook on the grill, invest, go on vacation, think of family, work on the house, play with my dog, and think of the future. I hope to live up to his expectations of me and his life's example. Thank you Bob....

*** Posted by Kevin on 2007-07-20 ***

In the first week of October 2006, UPT Class 71-07 will come together for a 35 year reunion. One of our classmates, Lt Col Robert J. Hymel, will be memorialized at this gathering of old comrades. I will always remember Bob for his gentle nature, subtle humor and warm smile. Our task is to never forget Bob or the sacrifices he made for his country!

JC Moore

*** Posted by John C. Moore, Lt Col., USAFR on 2006-09-28 ***

In memory of Robert. Although I never met Robert I often think about the heros of 9/11 I often think of the type of person he was. I have carried his name with me since the year after that tragic day. However, today I say to his family I pray that you will find healing and renewal at this time. I also pray that as we remember those who lost their lifes that we will rejoice and say that the joy of the Lord is our strenght. GOD BLESS!

*** Posted by Lisa Miller on 2006-09-11 ***

I never knew him but I had heard of him. Here's why many B-52 crew members of his time were familiar with the events of Dec 72 over Hanoi . . .  from "http://www.nampows.org/B-52.html"  QUOTE Ash 1 [call sign] B52D [the 1955 version of the aircraft]12-26-72 [date of takeoff] U-Tapao [takeoff base, in Thailand]Crashed at U-Tapao. Attempted go-around with 4 engines out on same side. 4 KIA. [killed in action] CP [copilot], 1st Lt Bob Hymel & Gunner, TSgt Spencer Grippen were rescued. No. 56-0584. [serial number of the plane] The A/C [aircraft commander] made a determination that they should bailout before the crash, but since the gunner was wounded and they felt he might not be able to physically execute the bailout, they decided as a crew to try and bring the plane in. Ironically, the only survivors of the crash were the C/P and the wounded gunner. In addition, the C/P would not have survived had he not been rescued by a crewmember from another BUFF who watched the crash, and rushed into the wreck to pull the C/P out before the plane burned up. Lord, that we could have more men like these. UNQUOTE  1st Lt Hymel was too injured to fly again but was able to remain on active duty until he retired as a Lt Col.  He was still serving as a civilian in the Pentagon on 9/11.  May God Bless.

*** Posted by (Mr.) Kelly M. Haggar on 2006-05-28 ***

Though I didn't know Bob, I am connected to him by name. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.  A needless death in a violent world.

*** Posted by Dewey J Hymel on 2004-03-20 ***

I will always remember Bob Hymel and his unselfish service to America.  It is an honor to have know such a person.  May God Bless His Family.

Dr. James W. Chester
Proessor of Management
Cameron University

*** Posted by Dr. James W. Chester on 2003-11-05 ***

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