Bridge dedication honors Roberts
By Kim Swindell Wood | July 9, 2018 6:10 am
A White County bridge that crosses Highway 111 over to Burgess Falls Road was recently named in honor of a Sparta native who spent more than 26 years serving his country in the U.S. Army, including the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Conflict.
Robert D. “Sarge” Roberts was born Feb. 28, 1930, in White County, and passed from this life, on May 16, 2017.
In service to his country, his accomplishments included National Defense Service Medal-w/OLC, Good Conduct Medal 8th Award, Distinguished Service Cross Medal, Purple Heart 3rd OLC, Silver Star, United Nations Service Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, Korean Service Medal with one Silver Star, Combat Infantryman Badge 2nd Award, Bronze Star Medal w/OLC, Army Commendation Medal w/OLC, six Overseas Service Bars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/1960 Device, Pathfinder Badge, and a member of the Legion of Valor.
Numerous local and state dignitaries, as well as Roberts’ family members, attended the special presentation to honor one of the county’s military heroes.