Bob Wheeler Memorial Fund
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The Incline-Tahoe Foundation was created to enhance the overall well-being of the Incline Village and Crystal Bay Community’s public parks, recreation facilities, programs and services through private donations, grants and endowments.

We support the Bob Wheeler Memorial Fund.


Incline-Tahoe Foundation
948 Incline Way
Incline Village, NV 89451
Phone: 775.298.0299
Fax: 775.832.1380
E-mail: info@inclinetahoe.org


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Bob Wheeler
February 6, 1943 - September 4, 2015

U.S. Air Force retired Chief Master Sergeant
Bob joined the Air Force at the age of 19 in 1962. His rapid promotion to Chief Master Sergeant in less than 20 years is a rarity and is not only a testament to his incredible physical abilities, but also his character as a man.

From parachuting to help distressed seamen to rescuing downed aviators in Vietnam, Bob is credited with saving 28 lives throughout his military career. His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor, Airman's Medal, 17 Air Medals, multiple Commendation Medals and SEA Services ribbons. His distinctions include Master Aircrew Member Wings, Master Parachutist Badge and the US Navy Scuba DIVER badge.

During the height of the Cold War between the US-USSR, Bob performed a high-risk, life-saving mission, which earned him the admiration of Yugoslavian President Tito and the Yugoslav people. It took special authorization from the US President and the Department of Defense for him to receive the Yugoslavia "Nation's Life Saving Award." Bob was one of two men to ever receive this highly decorated award.


Bob Wheeler 1973
Bob Wheeler, during National Search & Rescue School in 1973.

Bob Wheeler 1969
In January 1969, Bob Wheeler, top right, prepares to jump to a Yugoslavian ship that was 700 miles southeast of Hawaii to rescue two men that were badly burned in an explosion. Each of the men are wearing 175 pounds of gear.

logos Honor Flight Nevada Veterans Club Red White & Tahoe Blue IV Board of Realtors Rotary Club USAF Pararescue Chief Master Sergeant


Other Accomplishments
• 30-plus years of real estate sales and service in the area
• Citizen of the Year for Incline Village Crystal Bay Chamber of Commerce
• Realtor of the Year for the Incline Village Board of Realtors
• Recipient of the Don Beck Award for his efforts to protect property rights
• President of the Tahoe-Incline Rotary Club
• President of the Incline Village Crystal Bay Veterans Club
• Historian for the USAF Pararescue Association
• Member of Senator Dean Heller’s Veterans Administration advisory group
• Nevada Veteran of the Month (July, 2015) by Governor Brian Sandoval


Bob will most be remembered for his devotion to his family and country, and, of course, for his sense of humor. Not a day went by without at a joke by Bob and a laugh by at least one member of the Incline Village community.

One of Bob’s favorite quotes, “For those that have fought for it, freedom has a flavor that the protected will never taste.”

 
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