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He served with honor Date: September 12 2006 No: 983 He served with honor
One year ago, Staff Sgt. Robert J. Paul (RPCV Kenya) carried on an ongoing dialog on this website on the military and the peace corps and his role as a member of a Civil Affairs Team in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have just received a report that Sargeant Paul has been killed by a car bomb in Kabul. Words cannot express our feeling of loss for this tremendous injury to the entire RPCV community. Most of us didn't know him personally but we knew him from his words. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. He was one of ours and he served with honor.


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The Dalles remembers Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Robert Paul killed in Afghanistan

The Dalles remembers  Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Robert Paul killed in Afghanistan

Paul said her son never stopped charting his own path, whether it was taking German when French and Spanish were the only languages offered, or announcing over dinner that he had joined the Peace Corps. "His first year there, he learned Swahili, and that's a very hard language, I understand," she said. "Then when that year was up, he called and said he was staying another year." Kenya RPCV Robert Paul worked in a Civil Affairs unit in Afghanistan. He was killed in a car bombing in 2006.

The Dalles remembers Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Robert Paul killed in Afghanistan

The Dalles remembers planner killed in Afghanistan

11/06/2006

Associated Press

An Army reservist killed in Afghanistan was remembered Sunday as a strong-willed boy who grew into a man that sought to make a difference.

Staff Sgt. Robert Paul, 43, died Sept. 8 when a car bomber struck near the Humvee that was carrying him. Paul, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, had come to Oregon from Chicago and worked in land-use planning, starting with the city of The Dalles and then with Wasco County.

At a memorial service at The Dalles Wahtonka High School, Gov. Ted Kulongoski, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden and Major Gen. Raymond Rees spoke about the man who served his country. His mother, meanwhile, told the audience about a boy who watched movies with a box of hats.

"If it was a cowboy movie, he put on a cowboy hat; if it was an Indian movie, he put on an Indian headdress," said Esther Paul of Chicago.

"He was an unusual kid," she said to laughter.

Paul said her son never stopped charting his own path, whether it was taking German when French and Spanish were the only languages offered, or announcing over dinner that he had joined the Peace Corps. "His first year there, he learned Swahili, and that's a very hard language, I understand," she said. "Then when that year was up, he called and said he was staying another year."

She also spoke of her son's decision to leave the Chicago area for another windy city — The Dalles. "He called one day and said, 'Mom, I'm in the greatest city in the world. This is God's country.' He said he was never ever going to leave Oregon."

But he did leave for the Middle East.

"I asked, 'Is there anybody I can call to get you out,'" his mother recalled tearfully. "He said, 'You don't understand; I want to go.' "So he went and he's not coming back. His family misses Bobby very much, but we realize Bobby had a job to do; Bobby was where he wanted to be and doing what he wanted to do."




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