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Lt. Col. Robert W. Emmert

Lt. Col. Robert W. Emmert, 88, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Ludwigshafen, Germany. He was a native of Erwin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben H. Emmert and Effie Allen Emmert; one brother, Col. Ben H. Emmert Jr., and two sisters, Gladys Emmert Sams and Lois Emmert Tipton.
Survivors include one brother, Richard Emmert, Lompoc, Calif.; and one sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Jerry Tilman, Fresno, Calif.
Robert is also survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Isodle Ammon Emmert; daughter Marielu Hunkel and husband Klaus Hunkel, Rodedermark, Germany; sons Peter Emmert, Frankenthal, Germany, and Thomas Emmert, Goennheim, Germany; and two grandchildren.
Lt. Col. Robert Emmert started his military career as a private in the U.S. Marine Corps in December 1942. He participated in the invasion of Saipan and Iwo Jima. During the Korean War he served with the 39th Field Artillery, 3rd U.S. Infantry Division. He was discharged from the Marine Corps in 1945.
He attended East Tennessee State University for one year, then transferred to the University of Tennessee where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1949. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps through the ROTC program at UT.
In 1958 he served one year in Vietnam. During his military career he was awarded the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation and the Naval Unit Commendation.
He will be remembered for his sacrifice, devotion and love for both his country and his entire family.