Take me back to the Oral History landing page.


Robert Tyler - Gulf War

Robert (Bob) Tyler dropped out of college in 1967 and joined the Marines with dreams of flying. By late 1970 he was flying a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter over South Vietnam, and stayed in the Marines for the next 27 years. Tours included command of a KC-130 Hercules squadron, and an assignment at Marine Corps Headquarters during the First Iraq War. Tyler retired from the Marines as a full Colonel (with a Ph.D. in Psychology), in 1997.

Interview Links

Feature Excerpt

Privileged to be a Marine

Abstract

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

Related Materials

See Robert Tyler's entire interview in the Veterans Remember-Vietnam War collection.


Photos

Caption

A KC-130 from VMGR-152 (Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron) at Fatema, Okinawa lands on a Johnson Atoll, west of the Hawaiian Islands in 1977. The U.S. used the atoll to store and destroy chemical weapons.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1977

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

The family portrait taken in 1987 while Tyler was stationed at Naval Air Systems Command in Washington, D.C. From left to right are Rob, Suzanne, Carol and Lieutenant Colonel Robert Tyler.

Where:

Washington, D.C.

When:

1987

Ownership:

May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

Caption

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Tyler assumes command of VMGRT-253 (KC-130 Training Squadron) from LTC Wallace Miller in July 1987 while at Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina.

Where:

Cherry Point, North Carolina

When:

July 1987

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

A flight of KC-130 Hercules refuelers from VMGRT-253 conducting formation training somewhere over North Carolina in 1988 when Lieutenant Colonel Tyler commanded the squadron, call sign Titans.

Where:

North Carolina

When:

1988

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Suzanne and Rob Tyler, (Bob and Carol’s daughter and son) during Rob’s graduation from the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. in 1990. Rob later became an army warrant officer and helicopter pilot who deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan during his career.

Where:

Charleston, South Carolina

When:

1990

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Robert Tyler received his Ph.D. in applied psychology from the University of Central Florida in 1997 during his last active duty assignment in the Marine Corps.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1997

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo



Social Links