Updating Doc’s story

Doc took the family, Janice, Robbie, Leslie, and David back to Europe to retrace the journey he had in 1944-45. Doc had a very vivid memory of the war and we would come to a hill and he would say, “we lost over 50 men trying to take a machine gun nest at the top of that hill.” It was a very emotional time for Doc and today we would definitely say that Doc had PTSD. You see Doc had lied about his age and enlisted when he was 17. I tried for many years to get Doc to write down his experiences during WW-II but he was not anxious to do so. “You see David I have spent the last 60 years trying to forget what happened and I really don’t want to think about it,” Doc would always say. Finally I was able to get him set up with a computer and he wrote the following passages. It is an incomplete story and I hope to be able to expand on it more when I complete our current missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

So, here’s a link to the six chapters that Doc wrote about his time during WWII.

Tomorrow is Veteran’s day and we will be flying Doc’s flag in honor of all those who gave so much for this country.

WWII Honoree

Doc at the National WW-II Museum

Thanks to son, David, Doc Bob is now memorialized.




Dear Bill,

Could you please also add these photos to Doc’s web site. He was supposed to go fishing with us but could not make it this time.

The fishing was amazing this year about 23 miles North and West of Westport, Washington. We were on the Caterpillar powered “Tally-ho” a wonderful 46′ vessel skippered by Bob Hellbig and his spectacular deck hand John. My arm is still sore from fighting with the monsters. We caught over 60 fish and had our limit by 1:30. I could not keep all the lines baited and in the water.

All the best,

David C. Scott


The handsome young man with the Red Sweatshirt admiring the catch in the fishing hold is Eric Otto Scott, the great fisherman.


Emilie Scott is the courageous young Las who braved the wind, weather, and waves to make it out to the fishing bank.  Emilie was the youngest and bravest member of the crew that day.  She had the “Lucky Fishing Pole” on the bow of the Tally-Ho.  I actually lost track of how many fish she pulled in with that rod.




Alex Scott and the monster of the deep.  When the photo of Alex was taken, there was actually a rainbow behind him. I am certain Doc was with us!

What the Sam Hill

Dear Bill,
Thank you so much.  Today I have entered Doc’s Galaxie 500 in the Holliday Car fair here at JPL.  Doc just loved that car and the flag presented by the Military Honor Guard is proudly displayed in the window.

The photo of you with Doc at the mission is also included.  Unfortunately that one is blurry but I still remember it well.

“Bill Schmidt, what the Sam Hill are you doing here!”  That was a golden moment.  Thanks for making that happen.

Semper Fi,
David Scott


Ford Galaxie

Doc’s new galaxie

Doc owned 26 different Fords over the years.  Al C. Ling, the owner of Ling Ford in Brighton, Co was one of Doc’s best friends.  AC Ling used to park all of the new years model cars out at our farm until he had moved the older cars off of his lot.
Doc and I also got to drive many of the demo cars and trucks.  AC was a great resource.
Doc had several Galaxies from 1960-1968.  I was supposed to get the 68 for my 16th birthday.  Unfortunately my brother totaled it before I turned 16.
The 62 Galaxie in the photo is one I bought for Doc at a garage sale in Glendale.  He loved our sunday drives in that car. 
All the best,





Robert Glenn Scott Jr.

Doc Bob

Born in Denver, Colorado January 16, 1926.

Died in Rosemead, California March 20, 2010.

Amazing teacher, devoted spiritualist, Bronze Star Veteran of WWll, farmer, veterinarian, agricultural consultant, expert witness, alter minister, and happy, inspirational bike rider.  He received the following commendations for his services in the European theater with Patton’s 3rd Army, Company C, 44th armored infantry battalion, 6th armored division during the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Forest during the winter of 1944-1945:

Bronze Star for Heroism

3 Battle Stars

European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon

Army of Occupation Ribbon

Good Conduct Medal

Honorable Discharge

Doc’s service is memorialized at the WWII Memorial on the Main Mall in Washington, D.C.


He is survived by 4 children Rob, Leslie, David, April, and 8 grandchildren.

A friend’s quote, February 2010, “There goes that guy that gets on his bike and prays with people.”

A memorial service will be scheduled in May for friends and family in the Brighton area.  Bob’s children are planning to plant trees and install sitting benches in his name.

For those who are interested in contributing to the memorial fund in Bobs name please contact Leslie Scott- Rose  wessieots@aol.com

Now Bob is singing in the choir of angels


This is an amazing song.
And, this is an amazing day…


Doc is an inspiration. I received another song this morning that again brought him to mind. I can hear and see him singing this one.
This is so beautiful——-absolutely amazing children …
What Angels Must Sound Like.
Bill Schmidt

P.S.  The two images are from Leslie, Doc. Bob’s daughter.

PFC Robert G. Scott, Jr.

PFC Robert G. Scott, Jr.  S/N 17092199 has moved to another campaign.  You can visit his Memorial at the main mall in Washington, D.C.    His wish was to continue his service to the medical students at the University of Southern California.  He has moved on to graduate school.



Bob - WWII Bronze Star Honoree

WWII Memorial

Doc Bob moves on

Good Morning,
I wanted you to know that my dad passed this morning at 3:30am, March 20, 2010.   They said that he passed peacefully.  I know that you know that he is rejoicing to be free of the body and alive in spirit.
On Wednesday he had a great conversation with his friend in Minnesota, Bill and my brother David reading Psalms 23…
Thank you for your friendship to my father…. He loved the sharing that he had with friends….
      God Bless You
Leslie Scott-Rose

Doc Bob and WWII

This entry is taken from an email from David Scott, Bob’s dedicated and loyal son.  As administrator of the blog, I am including it.  Also, here is a link to Bob’s story about his experience in WWII.  Click here!

I spent the past few years trying to get Doc to write a book about World War II.  I was never really able to get him to get excited about doing it because he spent the past 65 years trying to forget the horror of the war he fought in so valiantly.  Doc lied about his age to enlist in 1943 when he was just 17.  During the Battle of the Bulge in the harsh winter of 1944 Doc’s company in Patton’s 6th Armored Division was pinned down by a German artillery barrage.  The Germans were firing 88 mm anti-aircraft, more commonly known as flack, canon shells at the troops on the ground.  This rain of hot explosive shrapnel was devastating to the troops as the shells explode above the ground and the soldiers could not escape the rain of metal in their fox holes.  Doc always told me that you think you cannot dig in frozen ground, until you hear the whistle of the German 88s coming in.  Then he said you can dig real fast using the folding GI issue shovels as a pick.  He said the nut that holds the folding shovel in place would freeze solid and he would have to pee on the nut to loosen in up.  [Read more →]