Robert B. Nett Jr., a physician in San Antonio, said, “My dad was proud to be an American soldier. It was his heart and soul.”
Speaking at the June 14 naming ceremony of the Ground Soldier System in honor of his father who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II, he said, “My dad would have been 89 yesterday.” The elder Nett died in 1987.
Nett, who was selected for Officer Candidate School and the Army Ranger Halls of Fame, lived a life “dedicated to duty, honor country and God.”
He served in the Army for 37 years, joining the Connecticut National Guard in 1940; and in addition to serving in the Philippines, he served in the Korean War and was an adviser to Vietnamese forces.
His son said his father reminded him often that “courage is doing the right thing,” and the importance of sticking with a task “until the mission is completed.” And, he brought “his men home safely.”
The younger Nett said his father, who received his commission through OCS, made a point of talking to each student in an OCS class and encouraged them to do well and think first of their soldiers.
“Never settle for anything less than your level best and then give a little more” was another point the elder Nett made to his son, OCS students and the middle school students he taught for 17 years after he retired from the Army.
The younger Nett also served in the Army from 1972 until 1989. He said his father told him about his career choice, “As long as I am airborne qualified, do anything you want.