Bob Sawyer (the father) was a close friend. I was lucky enough to have several mentors and "fathers" in life, our dad, uncle John, Doctor Les Upton and Colonel Robert K. Sawyer. I learned belatedly today that he is buried in Arlington beside his son, Captain Kenneth R. Sawyer killed in Vietnam in 1969.
Colonel Sawyer was of old Yankee stock, as was his beloved wife Eleanor. He enlisted in the 26th Division (Massachusetts Army National Guard) after high school. He was called up for WW2 and received a battlefield commission in Normandy. In acknowledgement of the quality of his leadership, he retained command of the rifle platoon in which he had been platoon sergeant. In Korea he became a legend as a leader of reconnaissance troops. I knew him and Ellie in Turkey where I learned much of what I know of soldiering from him. Eventually he was chief of defense HUMINT, a job I held after him.
In retirement, he played the cello beautifully, painted splendidly in oils and earned successively a BA, MA and Ph.D in literature from the University of New Hampshire. He and Ellie lived happily at Bow Lake for a long time..
He was "a perfect, gentle knight." pl