Robert Bob F. Waggoner

Airforce Colonel Robert “Bob” Waggoner, former Vietnam POW for 6 1/2 years

A Special Message from VFW Post 8988 to an extraordinary man:

It is a sad day for VFW Post 8988 as we have lost one of our active life members. Airforce Colonel Robert “Bob” Waggoner former 6 1/2-year POW has passed.


Robert Waggoner’s Medals and Ribbons

The Colonel, as many of us addressed him, was shot down over North Vietnam on a mission flying a F-105 Thunder Chief early on in the Vietnam war. The Colonel was in a number of POW prison camps in North Vietnam, but his last prison camp was the famous Hanoi Hilton where he was incarcerated alongside with John Mc Cain.

His awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross, 2 Silver Stars, and two Purple Hearts. The Colonel was always first to volunteer for our Veteran’s activities or local community projects. Recently he had spear headed a Wounded Warrior project in Mammoth by organizing a golf tournament at the Bishop Country Club which has raised 10’s of thousands of dollars for the Wounded Warrior project.

The Colonel was an exceptional man. The Colonel was a Life member and Trustee here at VFW Post 8988. He was mentor to many, fly fishing expert and teacher, motivational speaker, and ski instructor just to mention a few of his attributes.

Our condolences and sympathy go out his wife Vicki and his extended family members. This is a man that will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.

Until Valhalla, Rest in Peace Sir!


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