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Robert Geisler



Robert Geisler was born in Hanford, CA on January 1, 1931 to Theodore and Goldie Geisler. His grandparents were Amos and Lydia DuBois.

He is one of five children, Ruth, deceased, Aidia of Visalia, Ester, deceased, and Frank of Riverdale.
He had two cousins, Jack Gardner and Lynn Gardner who served in WWII.
His uncles, George Dubois and Grant Dubois both served in the Army in France during WWI.

Mr. Geisler grew up in the Boy Scouts, starting as a Cub Scout, then Boy Scout, then Senior Scout. He attended five scout jamborees, the last in 1950, right after he graduated from Hanford High School. The scouts traveled through 24 states and Canada. Fifty-thousand scouts descended on Valley Forge where they had the best time possible.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1950 and five months later was in combat in Korea at Incheon.

He was trained in Infantry, then transferred to Artillery
Assigned to the 24th Division, 5th Regiment Combat Team, 555 C Battery
In the fall of 1952, he returned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he trained officers in artillery fire direction.
He became a CBRNCO (Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Non-Commissioned Officer) and was assigned to nuclear cannon.
His last year in service was as a Chaplain’s Assistant.
He received an honorable discharge in 1953 with the rank of Corporal.
After returning to civilian life, he continued supporting Scouting as an Assistant Scout Master, then as Scout Master. He graduated from Fresno State, California with a B.A. in Education, then earned his teaching credential. He Taught all areas of shop, 6th grade through High school for 26 years.

Mr. Geisler retired in 1980 and now uses his time (which he still has little of) making toys. He has one daughter, Betsy Camp, and one son, Bill Sterling. Most recently, Mr. Geisler flew to Washington D.C to visit the memorials with the Central Valley Honor Flight #13.