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In Memory of
Robert Delia

CSM (Ret.) Robert Delia passed away on January 11, 2023 at the age of 91. He was an Associate Member of Chapter 54 of the Special Forces Association. He was also a prominent member of the New England Chapter of the 101st Airborne Division Association. Bob was a Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, serving 30 years in the U.S. Army.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1948 and was stationed in Japan in the period after World War II. When the Korean conflict began he was sent to Korea. In Korea he served in an intelligence and reconnaissance platoon.

Bob was promoted to the rank of Command Sergeant Major in 1966 when the Army first created the rank. He received two Purple Hearts, one in Korea and one in Vietnam. One of his last assignments was as the post Command Sergeant Major at Fort Devens in 1973. He had served at Fort Devens three times during his career.

Bob was born on March 20, 1931. He went to high school in St. Paul, Minnisota. His wife Joan passed away in 2004. Bob was active in the local community, Pepperell, MA, serving on numerous veterans and civic organizations.

In 2004, Bob designed and had minted the Bronze Challenge Coin for Chapter 54.

News Articles about Bob Delia

"Decades after serving his country, Pepperell veteran helps keep Boy Scouts afloat", The Lowell Sun, July 28, 2021.

"Retired CSM recalls Ft. Devens and a long military career", Nashoba Valley Voice, January 7, 2011.

Military Honors

Graveside services will take place on Sunday, March 26, 2023, at 1:00 PM at the Woodlawn Cemetery, 40 Heald Street, Peperall, MA. Following the ceremony there will be a reception at Bailey's Tavern, 18 Main Street, Townsend, MA. 




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