Robert Searcy
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Robert Searcy | 1921-2009

Robert Searcy
Robert Searcy served as an U.S. Army general clerk in Italy during World War II. He survived an attack by submarines on his way there and numerous air assaults on his encampment in the Italian marshes, where he lived in a green canvas tent and slogged through black mud and ash from nearby Mt. Vesuvius to deliver military intelligence messages to superiors. ()
Robert Searcy
Searcy holds a WW II photo showing boxer Joe Louis, left. ()
Robert Searcy
In the ‘50s, Searcy worked for United Airlines cleaning aircraft. ()
Robert Searcy
Later, he opened several clothing stores in Hollywood and South Los Angeles. ()
Robert Searcy
Searcy holds his discharge papers from the Army. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Robert Searcy
“To me he was like history. He just had so many stories to tell,” granddaughter Christy Davis, 32, said of Searcy, shown in a Dec. 30 photo. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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