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Monday, December 1, 2014

Robert W. Dyas (Uncle Bob) May 4, 1919 - November 10, 2014

Robert W. Dyas in the Field (photo by his student Damon Ohlerking) 1970
My dearest Uncle Bob (Robert W. Dyas) passed on November 10th in the evening soon after Jamie Elizabeth Hudrlik and I left his side at Northcrest in Ames, Iowa. He was 95 and one half years old. Uncle Bob touched so many lives as a professor, uncle, brother and friend. He was married to dearest Aunt Lu (they were married in 1956) who passed away in June of 2004. We will all miss him dearly and his spirit lives on in each of us. This photo was taken in the field by a student of his, Damon Ohlerking, in 1970. The inscription on the back of the photo says "my teacher". Bob retired as a Distinguished Emeritus Professor in 1989 from the Landscape Architect Dept. at Iowa State where he taught from 1960 - 1989. My Uncle Bob meant the world to me.

Uncle Bob Dyas and Myself, May 2007, Ames, Iowa
Dick, Bob and Jack Dyas on the Dyas Farm, September 2005

Robert W. Dyas Obituary with Links

Robert W. Dyas ARCHIVES at Iowa State University 

Jamie Elizabeth and Uncle Bob, Chait Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa 2010

November 16, 2014
Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain (Infantry) Robert W. Dyas (ASN: 0-1288027), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company K, 242d Infantry Regiment, 42d Infantry Division, in action on 15 March 1945 near Althorn, France. While leading his Company under heavy enemy mortar and small arms fire, in an attack upon German positions near Althorn, France on 15 March 1945, Captain Dyas was wounded in the arm by an exploding mortar shell. In spite of the pain, Captain Dyas refused medical treatment and continued to command his Company. Making a reconnaissance of enemy positions, he drew a sketch of the German installations and, running more than 250 yards to the rear, oriented his Executive Officer as to the enemy situation, enabling him to assume command of the Company without delay. The courageous leadership and outstanding devotion to duty exhibited by Captain Dyas inspired his men to overcome all enemy opposition and reflect distinct credit upon himself and the armed services of the United States.
General Orders: Headquarters, 42d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 53 (May 7, 1945)

Action Date: 15-Mar-45

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: Company K

Regiment: 242d Infantry Regiment

Division: 42d Infantry Division
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