Making History Project
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In Tribute: Bob Chisholm – An American Hero

We lost a true All-American Hero on January 4, 2022. Bob Chisholm was a WWII Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne who then went on to also serve his country in Korea and then later in Viet Nam.

Paratrooper Bob Chisholm, WWII

Bob was selected as a member of the second class for the 82nd Airborne’s All American Hall of Fame. This incredible honor is bestowed only upon the very best of the best paratroopers. Bob had combat jumps into Normandy on D-Day, into Holland for Operation Market Garden, and then fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium.

As a 2nd Lieutenant, Bob Chisholm participated in one of the last major combat actions in Korea where he earned a battlefield promotion to 1st Lieutenant. Finally, Bob served bravely in classified missions in both Viet Nam and Thailand. LTC Bob Chisholm retired from the Army in 1971 and is one of only 325 soldiers to have ever earned the Triple CIB (Combat Infantry Badge).

I conducted a Veteran oral history interview of Bob Chisholm in 2014 while in Dallas, Texas. Bob’s oral history interview was very thoughtful, he covered his entire career, and his advice for future generations at the end of the interview is something we all need now. Bob Chisholm loved his country and his fellow soldier. Gracious with both his time and money, Bob helped to found the El Paso Benavides-Patterson All Airborne Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association and was a sustaining member of the Family and Friends of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment Association.

Bob Chisholm, Dallas, Texas 2014

Bob, you represented the very best that America had to offer. You impacted so many lives during and after your military service. A true treasure. An All-American Hero. Fly high Bob. Salute.


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Patrick Russell

Director and oral historian for the Making History Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Veteran stories for future generations. Resides in Miami, Florida, where he is a full-time mediator and has been a practicing lawyer since 1994. Proudly serves as a staff member for the University of Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, in addition to being a member of the Oral History Association, American Historical Association; Friends and Family of the 508 P.I.R.; and the Battle of the Bulge Association. Graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in Political Science, and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Additional courses and workshops for oral history and museum studies have been taken at Baylor University and Harvard University, Harvard Extension School. Contact info: (305) 608-2977 or

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