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In Memory of

Robert Lee Gilbreath

September 2, 1928 - April 18, 2017

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In Memory Of
Robert Lee Gilbreath
September 2, 1928 - April 18, 2017

CMSgt. Robert Lee Gilbreath U.S. Air Force (Ret.) went to be with the Lord April 18, 2017 at the age of 88. Robert was born September 2, 1928 in Monroe, MI., to Willliam M and Nettie (Wilson) Gilbreath. He is survived by grandchildren: Tyrone Ahin, Amber Ahin-Fox and Amnestie (Peter) Brumback; great grandchildren: Armando, Alicia, April, Tyrone, Trevor, Aron, Taryn and Kash; great great grandchildren: Audrine, Maylee, Robert and Armando,III; two sisters: Kathaleen (Gilbreath) Peterson and MaryAnne Talbott-Hawley; including many nieces...

In Memory Of
Robert Lee Gilbreath
September 2, 1928 - April 18, 2017

CMSgt. Robert Lee Gilbreath U.S. Air Force (Ret.) went to be with the Lord April 18, 2017 at the age of 88. Robert was born September 2, 1928 in Monroe, MI., to Willliam M and Nettie (Wilson) Gilbreath. He is survived by grandchildren: Tyrone Ahin, Amber Ahin-Fox and Amnestie (Peter) Brumback; great grandchildren: Armando, Alicia, April, Tyrone, Trevor, Aron, Taryn and Kash; great great grandchildren: Audrine, Maylee, Robert and Armando,III; two sisters: Kathaleen (Gilbreath) Peterson and MaryAnne Talbott-Hawley; including many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary W. (Bradley) Gilbreath; daughter Bernice Ann (Gilbreath) Thomas; his parents; 3 brothers and 6 sisters. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be dearly missed. He served in the Army Air Corps then United States Air Force. WWII Tail Gunner on the Flying Fortress, among the first forces stationed on Iwo Jima, Proud Veteran of Korean War and survivor of Agent Orange during Vietnam. He went on to acquire his Masters Degree during his military career. Afterwards, worked with US Army Corps of Engineers. Next, became the Head of SARPMA Department of Military Transportation and lead his division to be recognized for Superior Performance within the United States Military. He earned numerous medals and awards while serving in the military which include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, First Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Force Commendation Medal, Second Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Force Commendation Medal, Third Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of South Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Medal for Humane Action. Transportation Superintendent of the Year 1972 Headquarters USAF Europe, Strategic Air Command Distinguished Education Achievement Award 1964 (SAC) Plattsburgh AFB, New York, Outstanding Non-Commissioned Officer of the period December 1964 (SAC) Plattsburgh AFB, New York, Strategic Air Command Education Achievement Award February 1962 Headquarters (SAC) Ben Guerir, AB, Morocco, Outstanding Airman of the Period July 1960 Headquarters (SAC) Ben Guerir, AB, Morocco. Graveside services will be held Friday, June 2, 2017 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery at 10:30am with Full Military Honors. Arrangements under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home, Universal City, TX.