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Updated: 11/23/2013 08:00:02AM

Robert W. Graf

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Robert W. Graf

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Robert William Graf, 91, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Born in Manchester, Md., he retired to Venice, Fla., in 1964, after 20 years of service to his country. He was responsible for providing housing and subsistence, other than food, for all foreign and U.S. delegations at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, for which he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. For three years he served as aide-de-camp to Gen. Lewis C. Beebe in Wurzburg, Germany, and he later received the Bronze Star for service with the 2nd Division during the Korean conflict. He served three years at the Pentagon.

Maj. Graf wore the General Staff Identification and theater ribbons from the European and Korean Campaigns. His last major assignment was a tour in Okinawa, for which he received a cluster to the Commendation Medal.

He was a life member of the VFW, a 42-year member of the American Legion and a member of the Military Officers Association of America.

He leaves his wife of 72 years, Anne; sons Robert Bowyer and wife, Leeda, William Randolph and wife, Barbara, and Bryan Cartmell Graf; grandchildren Tyson, Ashley, Martin and Michelle; and three great-grandchildren, Alexander, Madeline and Sophia.

Services: There will be a graveside military service with military honors Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 9:30 a.m. at Sarasota National Cemetery. Ewing Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions: Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.




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