Editor’s note: Robert Schoonover graduated from Shawnee High School and married Marilyn Kay Anderson, from Vaughnsville. After the military, he worked at Ford Motor Co. Lima Engine Plant and retired from there. He enjoyed golfing, shopping and car shows. He died Nov. 25, 2018. His uniform and picture of the West Wind and his unit are on display at the Putnam County Museum in Kalida.
Seaman Robert Joseph Schoonover served as an SN E-3, transportation in the U.S. Coast Guard.
He enlisted in the Coast Guard Sept. 26, 1963, and was assigned to foreign service sea duty and Vietnam service on the coast guard cutter the West Wind from Aug. 5, 1964, to Oct. 6, 1965. His active service continued on from Oct. 6, 1965, attached to the Commander, 3rd Coast Guard at District of New York.
One of his duties was driving Secretary of Transportation Alan S. Boyd in New York until Sept. 25, 1967, at which time he transferred to the Coast Guard Reserve.
Medal, Campagn Ribbons received: Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal
He was honoraby discharged Sept. 25, 1969.