Killeen Daily Herald
February 24, 2016
Shoemaker, who commanded III Corps and later U.S. Army Forces Command, retired as a general after 36 years in the U.S. Army.
Amy Proctor RET GEN SHOEMAKERs 92nd BIRTHDAY 1st Cavalry Division Commanding General Maj Gen. John Thomson III, right, talks with retired Gen. Robert M. Shoemaker and his wife, Tuke, at Shoemaker's birthday celebration at Robert M. Shoemaker High School in Killeen. Shoemaker turns 92 on February 18, 2016.KILLEEN — More than 750 Shoemaker High School students, staff and Fort Hood area dignitaries celebrated retired Gen. Robert M. Shoemaker’s 92nd birthday at the high school bearing his name Feb. 18.
Nearly a dozen of the school’s groups and clubs performed for the retired general, followed by a cake-cutting ceremony and refreshments.
The auditorium at Shoemaker High School was standing room only, overflowing with affection and appreciation from students, faculty, family and local community leaders who came to honor the former four-star general.
“How blessed are we that we have such a man such as our dear Gen. Shoemaker, as not only our namesake, but as our benefactor and our Grey Wolf grandfather,” said JROTC cadet Capt. Joshua Rillera, a senior at Shoemaker High School.
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