SCIO — To have heard Kim Demick talk about Art Robbins of Scio, you learn he is someone who was grateful for his time in the military and that he enjoyed adventure when he had some time off to experience it.
Demick, Scio’s town supervisor, presented Robbins with a Veteran Award last month during Memorial Day ceremonies, noting his dual service in the military.
“Art has served from 1962 to 1974, ranking an E-6 (non-commissioned officer) in the U.S. Army; from 1975 to 1983, ranking an E-6 in the U.S. Navy; also serving 1965 to 1966 in the Vietnam War,” she said. “Art believes everyone should benefit from being in the service and our military — enjoying the good times, the travels and also learning from the bad times.”
Among those good times, she said, was a 30-day leave of absence while stationed in Kornwestheim, Germany.
“He went camping up the Rhine River and along that, he said he was able to drink free wine. Everywhere he went, they gave him free wine,” Demick said. “So of course, the camping was much more fun. He also got to see the incredible sights up and down the Rhine River and he said the castles were immense and beautiful. It’s one of the treasures he cherishes because we would not have been able to do that had he not been serving our country.
“In 1975, while his minesweeper ship was getting it’s annual overhaul, the crew went to Cuba for a four-week, intense training. Afterward, he was awarded four days off. He and his buddies decided to rent a pontoon and travel out to the bay for fishing. This is no whale of a fishing story, because he caught a…
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