Fort Hood and the Central Texas community said goodbye for the final time to a long-standing pillar of the community June 28. Retired Gen. Robert Shoemaker passed away at age 93 on June 21. Shoemaker was commissioned into the U.S. Army infantry after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1946. During a long and storied career, in which he served in combat in the Korean and Vietnam wars, the general held an array of positions throughout the Army.

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