Buddy Roberts

[6 SEP 1930 - I1 - 20586 - 12 JAN 2014]

Buddy Roberts Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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Presentation of the Flag to Mary King (daughter)
[Buddy Roberts Funeral - JAN 2014]

More Funeral Pictures



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Laura and Bill Haas - Larry and Sybil Michalove -
Buddy Roberts [Birmingham Mini Wheels - OCT 2013]



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Sandy Wargowsky - Buddy Roberts - Mary Andrews
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Laura Haas - Buddy Roberts - Taylor King (Buddy’s
grandson) - Jim Fiscus [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Rich Cardillo and Buddy Roberts
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Enslow's - Charlie Johnson - Buddy Roberts
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Phil Enslow and Buddy Roberts
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Buddy Roberts
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Don Giza - Buddy Roberts - Mike Stevenson -
Marcia Cathey [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Roy Dunaway and Buddy Roberts
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Mary King - Ed Anderson - Buddy Roberts
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Buddy Roberts
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Lee McKinney and Buddy Roberts
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Dugan's - Jim Ryan - Buddy Roberts - Carl McNair - Jeanne
Drummond - Bob Strati [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Carolyn Cumbie - Joan McCulla - Peters'
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Carolyn Cumbie - Buddy Roberts - Peters' - Billie Sasser
(Buddy Robert's aunt) [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Libby Munroe - Carolyn Cumbie - Billie Darrah
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Buddy Roberts - Carolyn Cumbie - Bill McCulla
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Jo Fleeger and Carolyn Cumbie
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Buddy Roberts and Dan Malone
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Carolyn Cumbie and Billie Sasser (Buddy Robert's
aunt) [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Carolyn Cumbie - Ed Anderson - Stone's -
Baker's [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Al Raymond and Buddy Roberts
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Standing: Whittaker - Jeter - Pemberton - Dunaway - Enslow - Michalove - Johnson - Hadley - Sydenham - Seated: Haas - Secord - Prater - Roberts [Drummond Service - OCT 2012]



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Buddy Roberts
[Drummond Service - OCT 2012]



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Bill Hadly - Stan Sydenham - Buddy Roberts
[Drummond Service - OCT 2012]



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Larry Michalove - Buddy Roberts - Bill Haas
[Birmingham FDD - APR 2011]



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Michalove's - Haas' - Buddy Roberts and Carolyn
Cumbie [Birmingham FDD - APR 2011]



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Buddy Roberts and Carolyn DeRamus Cumbie -
Drummonds [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Buddy Roberts commemorating Chris Miller
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Jim Drummond - Carolyn DeRamus Cumbie and Buddy
Roberts - Jeanne Drummond [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Buddy Roberts and Carolyn DeRamus Cumbie - Alverta
and Jim Fiscus [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Jo Ann McNair and Buddy Roberts
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bob and Astrid Hasbrouck - Buddy Roberts -
George and Patty Page [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carol Thornquist - Carolyn DeRamus Cumbie and Buddy
Roberts - Shirley and Del Jacobs [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carolyn DeRamus Cumbie and Joe Franklin
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Maggie Miller and Buddy Roberts
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Carl McNair and Buddy Roberts
[Fort Rucker - JUL 2008]



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Rear: Maggie Miller - Peg and Robbie Robinson - Dan Malone - Dick Baker - Bill Peters - Ed Trobaugh - Buddy Roberts - Front: Carol Baker - Anne Malone - Sharon Peters - Pam Trobaugh [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Peggy Herren - Billie Darrah - Buddy Roberts - Jerry
Denman - Laura Haas [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Buddy Roberts and Ed Trobaugh
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Buddy Roberts - Ed Trobaugh - Nancy
Joseph [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Maggie Miller and Buddy Roberts
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Roberts - John and Sheila Wing
[50th Reunion]



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Dorough - West - Roberts - Dugan - Wing
[50th Reunion]



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Cliff Fralen - Buddy Roberts - Jean Fralen -
Dan and Lo Dienst [50th Reunion]



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Maggie Miller - Roberts - Malone's
[50th Reunion]



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Pam Trobaugh - Buddy Roberts - Maggie Miller -
Bob and Carol Thornquist [50th Reunion]



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Paul Smor - Buddy Roberts - Bill Benassi x55
[1997]



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Buddy Roberts and Mike Stevenson
[1995 Reunion]



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Roberts - Peters - Malone
[1994]



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Buddy Roberts
[1994]



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Buddy Roberts
[Early 1957]



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Chris Miller and Buddy Roberts
[Stork Club - 1955]



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I-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Roberts - Robinson - Malone - Peters - Poorman - Klung - Ward - 2nd Row: Nichols - Leo Warner - Cairns - Cassells - Smor - 3rd Row: Bob Henry - Chris Miller - DeMaris - Garn - 4th Row: Dempsie Davis - Trobaugh - Streett - Baker (CO)



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Melvyn Remus - Buddy Roberts - Mike Garn
[Sunday News - MAR 1952]



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Buddy Roberts - Mike Garn - Melvyn Remus
[Sunday News - MAR 1952]



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Michalove - ? - McWilliams - Roberts -
Wildermuth - Heye - Minich - Coyle [1951]



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

Register Glossary



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Benjamin Douglas Roberts

Benjamin Douglas Roberts was born on 6 September 1930 in Clanton, Alabama. He was appointed to West Point from the 6th Congressional District of Alabama and entered on 3 July 1951. He was in Company L 1, graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in the Infantry.


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TAPS Check List

3 May 2011

1. Birthplace and date - Clanton, Alabama, 6 Sep 1930

2. Parents - Birth: Benjamin F. and Victoria Hubbard Roberts-Adoptive: Norman L. and Sallie Johnson Roberts

3. Siblings - Birth: Mary Frank, Donald H., Janice Lovy Roberts; Adoptive: Samuel J. and Norman L. Roberts, Jr.

4. High school graduated from (plus info like class officer, etc.) - Chilton County High School, Class of 1949; Class President.

5. High school sports (what sport, position, team Captain, honors) - Football (fullback) and basketball (center); one year each.

6. Other High school activities (Band, Honor Society, etc.) - None

7. Non-school activities (e.g., Scouts, Church etc.) - Star Scout and member of Order of the Arrow.

8. Civilian College and/or Military Academy Prep School - Attended Marion Military Institute 1949-1951.

9. Civilian College sports - Varsity football (punter) one year.

10. Prior military service, branch and rank - None

11. Type of appointment to USMA - Appointed by Congressman Ed de Graffenreid from 6th District of Alabama.

12. USMA Roommates - Bill Peters (30 months), Bill Benassi (12 months), Don Poorman (3 months), Dempsie Davis (3 months), Paul Smor (9 months), Chris Miller (15 months).

13. Close friends at USMA - Phil Hawkins, Jay Edwards, Wendell Gilbert, Bill Kirby, Peters, Benassi, Miller, Alan Edwards.

14. Wife info, including how you met and place of marriage - Met Beverly B. Bennett during Christmas Leave by recommendation from Doug Johnson of I-1 who asked that I look her up.

15. Children info - Benjamin D. Roberts, Jr., Mary L. R. King, Kenneth J. Roberts.

16. Suggested and/or preferred author for TAPS article - Mary King and Ben Roberts, Jr.

17. Others who can fill in gaps about you - Norman L. Roberts, Jr.; USMA 1964, younger brother

18. Classmates with whom you served - Massey, Smith, Stern, McNair (and others in our flight school class) including Welter, Calley, and others. Also served with John Miller in Alaska and Vince Warner at Avscom.

19. Major military assignments (include DD-214 and DA-66 data) - DD-214 on file previously provided.

20. Second career info - Nothing to report other than interest in local and family history. Two books published locally.



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Benjamin Douglas Roberts, Sr.

Benjamin Douglas Roberts, Sr., age 83, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on January 12, 2014.

He is survived by his children, Benjamin D. Roberts, Jr., Mary Roberts King and Kenneth J. Roberts; four grandchildren; and brothers, Sam Roberts (Sara) and Norman Roberts (Lynne).

He was a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Class of 1955, and proudly served his country in Korea and Vietnam. He was known as Buddy to his family and friends. He was ever optimistic, happy and friendly even during his battle with cancer.

There will be a memorial held 2 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014 at Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian, 3411 Spring Creek Rd, Montevallo, AL 35115; honors will be rendered graveside at 2:45 p.m. at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Ala.



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Memorial Service

Services were conducted on January 17, 2014 and were attended by Classmates and wives, Phil and Dianne Enslow, Bill and Laura Haas, Dick and Ellie Hoeferkamp, Larry and Sybil Michalove and Bill and Sharon Peters. George Meighen, Class of 1951 also attended.

Family members (Including daughter, Mary, sons Ben and Ken, grandsons Taylor and Conner and several other relatives), classmates and many friends gathered at the Main Street Tavern for lunch prior to services.

Memorial Services were held at the beautiful Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Montevallo, Alabama. The Reverend Dick Hoeferkamp, Class of 1955, extended greetings and welcome to the one hundred and seventeen attendees and delivered the Homily. Dick's consoling and truly inspirational homily captured the essence of Buddy's life at West Point, in the Army and in his community. Bill Peters delivered the Tribute to Buddy which summarized their sixty-three year friendship, beginning as roommates at West Point, Buddy's service to our country and his service to his community following retirement. Bill included in his tribute a poem written by Buddy's daughter, Mary, for his eightieth birthday which beautifully described his life and her love for her father.

All sang the song, Eternal Father Strong to Save. The song had been modified by Bill Haas so that one verse related to Buddy's service in war, one related to Buddy's flying and one related to the Corps. Bill also prepared an outstanding program for services that included a cadet picture and a recent picture of Buddy and the words of our Alma Mater.

Military Commitment Services were held at the Alabama National Cemetery, Montevallo, Alabama by the Birmingham Section of the Montgomery Joint Force, Alabam! a Nation al Guard. The detail conducted the services in superb fashion.

Following services, Bill Peters was honored to place Buddy's remains at the site of interment and to place the first soil in the grave.

Family, classmates and a large number of friends gathered at a reception at the Main Street Tavern, Montevallo, following internment.

The family and attendees were impressed by the closeness of our class members as was so well demonstrated throughout the day.

Buddy sleeps in peace among the people and in the soil that he so loved.

William G. Peters, LCA


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