By David Stoltz Branson Globe Correspondent
Robert “Bob” Sarver was selected as “Member of the Year” for Vietnam Veterans of America 913 at their meeting held Tuesday night, June 2 at the Hamner Variety Theater.
Sarver serves as the VVA 913 Chapter’s public relations director. Previously he served the local chapter as vice president from 2008-2010, and then served as president from 2010-2014. He also serves on the chapter’s honor guard/color guard, and is also the Veterans Day parade director.
He received the Honor America Award from the College of the Ozarks on June 30, 2013 and the Leadership Award from the college and Mr. Bill O’Reilly on Oct. 10, 2013, for his leadership of the VVA 913. He was awarded the VVA 913 Member of the Year Award in 2015 and the VVA 913 Blue Star Award for his outstanding and selfless service to veterans and his community in 2019.
Sarver was also instrumental in bringing the Missouri Vietnam Memorial to the College of the Ozarks campus, and participated in the dedication of the memorial. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the College of the Ozarks Associates.
From October 1967 to August 1968, Sarver served in support of 563rd CS Co. Heavy Material Supply at Cam Rahn Bay; HHC 504th Field Depot, Cam Rahn Bay; and then in support of the 4th Infantry Division and 101st Airborne in Pleiku, South Vietnam.
His service awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with device, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two Overseas Bars, Sharpshooter Badge and Marksman Badge.