Brigadier General Robert H. Gaughan died on Memorial Day, May 27th, 2002, at his home in Orlando, Florida. He was 83.
General Gaughan was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on May 1st, 1919. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Stetson University and a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. He was also a graduate of the Army War College.
General Gaughan served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He was a combat veteran and his military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Award Ribbon, and the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal. He was a command pilot with 10,000 flying hours, including over 500 combat hours on 150 missions.
As a hobby, General Gaughan was an instructor in AKC dog training. He trained his poodles to win competitive events throughout the state. He was a member of the Orlando Dog Training Club and Central Florida Canine Center. Other organizations he belonged to were The Retired Officers Association, the Air Force Association and Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.
We have loved him in life:let us not forget him in death.