This week we are honoring Robert Sherman, the older of the Sherman Brothers, for his service in the United States Army.
Years before he was a part of the song-writing dynamic duo that brought us “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “it’s a small world”, Robert Sherman served in World War II.
Sherman joined the Army in 1943 when he was just 17 years old and fought in the World War. Being only 17 at the time, he had to receive his parents permission to enlist. Being the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Sherman felt the call to service.
His most accomplished mission took place in 1945 where Robert Sherman led the first squad of men into the Dachau Concentration Camp after the German fled just hours prior. While aiding in the evacuation of concentration camp victims, Robert Sherman was shot in the knee.
Sherman received many medals and awards for his time in the service. He received a Purple Heart for his injury, and two Battle Stars, a Combat Infantryman Badge, an American Campaign Medal, a World War II Victory Medal, a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal.
Sherman had noted through the years that the ugliness that he saw in war is what made him return to the arts and music. To find the good and the happy.
On March 6, 2012, Robert Sherman passed away in his London home at the age of 86. He led a rich and fulfilling life and career that will bring joy to generations to come. Rest in peace.
You can read more about Sherman Brothers here and learn all about their contributions to the Disney Parks.
During the month of November, we at Military Disney Tips are honoring Veterans that helped build Disney. Each week we will feature one or more core members from the Disney Company to honor their service, their work, and their memory.
For all military members across the country, past or present, we salute you and say thanks. Happy Veterans day.
This post is part of the MDT Patriotic Disney Series!
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