World War II Veteran Bob Gasche is Today’s Honoree

Ember Patterson, an account coordinator with Frankel Media Group, takes a photo of Bob Gasche, a 90-year-old Gainesville resident and World War II veteran, with Mark Avera, at left, and Scott Dupree at the Gainesville Regional Airport Thursday before Gasche flies to Washington, D.C., to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial. Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun

Ember Patterson, an account coordinator with Frankel Media Group, takes a photo of Bob Gasche, a 90-year-old Gainesville resident and World War II veteran, with Mark Avera, at left, and Scott Dupree at the Gainesville Regional Airport Thursday before Gasche flies to Washington, D.C., to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial.
Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun

Bob Gasche is a 90-year-old World War II veteran who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a teenager in 1943 and fought in the famed battle of Iwo Jima at age 21, his first combat.  He lost many friends in this month-long battle that had a lasting impact on his life.

Bob came home and co-founded Keep Alachua County Beautiful in Florida, serving his community for many years to come. He just returned from his first trip to Washington,  D.C. in order to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial (also called the Marine  Corps War Memorial), which was quite a positive and emotional experience.

Bob marveled at the accuracy of the memorial and how it represented his experience at Iwo Jima. Bob also loved the patriotism of the crowds at the memorial.

Mark Avera, an attorney in Gainesville, Florida was motivated by his own father’s service in World War II to support Bob’s trip to the memorial. He’s also inspired by Bob’s service at Iwo Jima and continuing contributions to the community after returning home, as are many others in Alachua County, Florida.

Bob continues to have an active social life, including meeting with fellow veterans on a regular basis.

Visit Keep Alachua County Beautiful for more information.

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