Silver Taps Notification
Bobby Woolley '63
February 26, 2020 11:15 AM
updated: March 6, 2020 3:48 PM
Bobby J. Woolley, LTC USA (Ret) '63
Born February 19, 1941
Passed away October 30, 2019
Bobby grew up in Beaumont, Texas and attended South Park High School. He was a proud graduate of Texas A&M University Class of 1964. 2nd Lt. USAR, retired as a Lt. Col in 1987. Bobby flew in an O-1 as an artillery observer during his first Vietnam tour with
the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division during 1965-1966.
After completion of his ground-duty tour, he returned to the States and completed the Army’s fixed wing pilot qualification course in 1967. He returned to Vietnam with the 203rd Hawkeyes with duty in Northern 11 Corps. He transferred to the 199th Swamp Foxes
in IV Corps and served as pilot, platoon leader, and as a unit standardization pilot.
In 1968, he returned to Fort Rucker and served for two years as an instructor pilot transitioning student pilots to be qualified in the O-1 Bird Dog, as well as serving as an O-1 instructor pilot.
Upon retirement Bobby began his book project with the intent of providing a comprehensive record of the Cessna O-1’s combat service in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era.
He is preceded in death by his parents James W. Woolley and Laura F. Woolley, older brother James M. Woolley.
He is survived by his wife Eloise C. Woolley, son William B. Woolley, daughter Ann Evers, grandson Eton Evers, sister Sharon Woolley Shannon, as well as his nieces and nephews.