Robert Clinton Taber
Lieutenant General, United States Army
C. Taber, 89, of Sun City Center. passed away February 22, 2007.
He was born in Ithaca, New York.
Taber graduated from Cornell University, his military career began in July 1940 as assistant professor of Military Science and Tactics at Cornell. Earlier he had received a reserve commission on completion of the ROTC program.
He commanded the Equitation Department and it’s 45-men enlisted platoon; he taught artillery gunnery and coached the Cornell varsity polo team.
Following the outbreak of World War II, Taber was commissioned in the regular army, assigned as a Battery Commander in the 66th Armored Field artillery battalion, 4th Armored Division at Pine Camp, and promoted to Captain.
He served as deputy director of Army Plans and Policy; as military assistant to the Army Chief of Staff, Supreme Allied Powers Europe (NATO) as commander Joint Military Advisory Group, Cambodia, and many many other commands and groups.
After his retirement, Taber worked as a management consultant, and served on the Fales Committee advising the superintendent of the US Naval Academy on professional development of midshipmen. He also developed the “Man Overboard Safety” protocol now used all over the world.
Tabor was awarded many citations and decorations, including The Distinguished Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf clusters; the Legion of Merit with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters; the Soldiers Medal and the Purple Heart.
Survivors include his wife, Lynn Sullivan Taber; a son, Colonel John R. of Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Carl.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4 in the chapel of the Sun City Center United Methodist Church.
Burial will take place in Arlington National Cemetery in the spring.
General Taber was buried in Arlington National
Cemetery with full military honors on 22 May 2007.
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