Robert Paley

Ohio Historical Society
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00:00:07 - Introduction

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Segment Synopsis: Robert H. Paley was born in 1966 in Honolulu, Hawaii on Schofield Barracks. Paley enlisted in the United States Army in 1984 and the Ohio National Guard in 2001, deploying in 1989 to Germany and again in 2008 to Afghanistan. In this section he talks about his childhood, his mom, and his dad and his military service.

Keywords: Baseball; Columbus (Ohio); Honolulu (Hawaii); Judo

Subjects: Childhood; Military Heritage

GPS: Honolulu (Hawaii)
Map Coordinates: 21.3155837,-157.9553916
00:11:04 - Paley's Promise

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Segment Synopsis: Unlike many of the other veteran interviews, Paley's touching story focuses on a quest to keep a promise to his father rather than on his military experiences. In his interview he talks about his father's military service and disability, the meaning of a silver dollar, and the importance of West Point. He describes his paternal grandmother, his father's early medical treatments, his promise to attend West Point, and becoming a Judo champ. Paley recalls his first rejection to West point, a letter and how it got him accepted, and his first day at school. He recalls what it was like attending West Point, seeking a second doctor's opinion for his father, and being given another chance at graduation. Paley discusses his graduation, fulfilling his promise to his father, and ultimately his father's death.

Keywords: Judo; Korean War, 1950-1953.; Meningitis.; Ohio. Army National Guard; United States. Army.; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.; Walter Reed Army Hospital (Washington, D.C.); West Point (N.Y.)

Subjects: Father's Illness; Father's service; West Point

GPS: West Point (N.Y.) - United States Military Academy.
Map Coordinates: 41.3723434,-74.0810675
03:23:41 - Continuing to Serve

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Segment Synopsis: Paley served for a few more years after his father's death, ultimately getting out and the re-enlisting with the Ohio National Guard. He concludes by speaking of the difficulties in writing this story, his service after West Point, enlisting in the Ohio National Guard, and the importance of sharing his experiences.

Keywords: Ohio. Army National Guard; Writing

Subjects: Service with the Guard; Sharing his story; Writing