- 1 year old
- Date of birth: Jan 1, 2005
- Date of passing: Sep 20, 2006
|Let the memory of MSG Robb be with us forever|
Robb G. Needham was always ready to lend a helping hand _ whether it be to an American or an Iraqi. During his second tour of duty, Needham befriended an Iraqi who lived next door to his base. A brigade commander wanted to move the man and his family so that the house could be used as officers quarters. But Needham would have none of that. He loved visiting the Iraq's house, bouncing children on his knee and passing the hookah pipe, said Maj. Fred Miller. "The people became the mission." Needham, 51, of Vancouver, Wash., died Sept. 20 in Baghdad from small-arms fire. He was assigned to Fort Lewis. He first enlisted in the Army in 1973 and joined the Army Reserves in 1981, serving in Oakland, Calif; Portland; and Vancouver. Over his 30-year military career, he worked many jobs, including as a human resources specialist, an infantryman and, most recently, a mechanical maintenance supervisor. "I am so proud of my husband," said his wife, Catherine. "He touched lives everywhere he went. And he loved being a soldier." He also is survived by his children _ daughter, Robi, and son, Dylan _ and two grandchildren.
Robb loved his family with his entire being. He was one of the best
mechanic's around, and he could fix anything at the Needham home. He
loved riding motorcycles, swimming in rivers and lakes, camping,
rafting, and going out for coffee with his wife of 27 years, Cait.
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