Captain Robert (Bob) Drolet was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for heroism, not involving aerial flight, which occurred on 26 October 1968, in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving as an Artillery Battalion Liaison Officer with Headquarters, 2d Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One).
On this date, at a battalion size night defensive position, approximately three (3) kilometers south of the Cambodian border, the camp was subjected to an intense mortar attack, followed by a massive ground attack. Without regard for personal safety, Captain Drolet remained in the open taking situation reports on the enemy’s location and calling in accurate artillery support on the insurgents. By remaining in his exposed position until the insurgent attack was repulsed, he was instrumental in the suppression of the attacking hostile force.
Captain Drolet received his Second Lieutenant commission from the ROTC program at Boston College. He had a long and distinguished military career, spanning close to 30 years. Assignments included numerous command and staff positions within the United States, to included multiple Pentagon assignments, as well as tours in Germany and combat in Vietnam. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1988. His last duty assignment was at Redstone Arsenal, Al.
Upon his retirement from the Army in 1992, Brigadier General joined Lockheed Martin Corporation as a senior Director. Upon retirement from Lockheed Martin in 2008 he was recognized by the Governor of Alabama for Professional Achievement.
Following his retirement from the Army he continued his commitment to the Army via support to the Army and Veteran organizations. He has been recognized by the Association Of United States Army (AUSA), The Veterans Coalition, The American Legion, and the Disabled American Veterans. The Heart of The Valley YMCA established a yearly award in his honor, “The Service to Veterans Award”.
He is a founding board member and Chairman of the Huntsville-Madison County Veterans Memorial Foundation, which has raised funds and constructed the Veterans Memorial in downtown Huntsville.
Bob, his wife Ann, their three children and three grand-children all currently reside in Madison County.