|Birth: ||Jul. 30, 1929|
|Death: ||May 9, 2011|
El Paso County
Robert Skimin was born in the small village of Belden in rural Ohio the son of Ellwyn W Skimin and Mildred L Summerton.
He attended Monmouth Junior College, 1948-49; University of Georgia, 1957-58; South Dakota School of Technology, 1959-60; and Cornish School of Allied Arts, 1967-68.
He served in the United States Army as an aviator and paratrooper, 1947-67. He was the fourth youngest commissioned officer in the Army in 1949, and was the first aviator attached to the Green Berets, 1955-57. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Skimin authored a number of historical fiction and non-fiction books. Skimin began his writing career with the publication of Rob`s Guide to El Paso and Juarez in 1973. Inducted into the El Paso Writers Hall of Fame, he won a few literary awards including the Ohiana Book Award in 1984 for Chikara. In 1993, he earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for Apache Autumn.
Fort Bliss National Cemetery
El Paso County
Plot: Columbarium A, Row B, Site 7
Created by: Desert Wind
Record added: May 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70200394
To a fellow Ohioian and fallen hero. Never forgotten.|
Jennifer and Matthias Wegmann
Added: Aug. 3, 2013
Robert, I have added your name to the Family Tree, Resting where no shadows fall.An Irish relative|
Added: Mar. 1, 2013
We will miss your visits to the library|
Added: Nov. 2, 2012