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Robert Adelhelm
Bob was born and educated in New Jersey. He graduated from William Paterson College in Wayne, New Jersey with a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marines in 1973. He spent 22 years on active duty.

His service included assignments in various command, staff and instructor billets with 8th Marines, 4th Marines, 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, Blount Island Command, The Basic School (TBS) Quantico MCB, Amphibious Reconnaissance School (ARS) NAB Coronado, NROTC University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill / North Carolina State University and he was an Aide-de-Camp for the Assistant Division Commander of the 3d Marine Division. He was with 2nd Battalion 8th Marines during operations in Beirut, Lebanon. Bob retired with the rank of LtCol in 1995. His MOSs include 0302, 0402, 9953 and 9960. He the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal with three Stars, Navy Achievement Medal, Marine Expeditionary Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.

He is the founder and past president of the Jacksonville Semper Fidelis Society. Life member of the VFW, a member of the American Legion and Marine Corps League and is a Past Chairmen of the NE Florida Veterans Council. He remains actively involved in assisting veterans.
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» Marine and Navy Corpsmen Memorial
By Robert Adelhelm | Published 08/15/2006 | Marine Corps | Rating:  printer version

Marine and Navy Corpsmen Memorial
Dedicated November 10th 2004
Jacksonville, Florida

When the Marines associated with the Jacksonville Semper Fidelis Society wanted to establish a tribute to Marines from the community, it was understood that the special breed of sailor, the Corpsman, would equally share this tribute.  Marines without Navy Corpsmen are like kites without strings.  It has been the Navy Corpsmen who has kept Marines together in more ways than one.  They are beacons of strength and pillars of compassion, unselfish and courageous.  Corpsmen are and have always been held in the highest esteem amongst all Marines and we did not want this Marine emblem or the title Marine on this monument to be displayed without a reference to our brothers in blue.

» The Forgotten Heroes amongst us…
By Robert Adelhelm | Published 05/16/2006 | Vietnam | Unrated  printer version

I was a young Lieutenant going through TBS in the early seventies.  The instructors where all Viet Nam Veterans and most of them where highly decorated.  Navy Crosses and Silver Stars adorned the chests of many of the instructors and especially those in the tactics instructor pool.  These instructors where serious, dedicated and highly motivated.  Their instructional techniques included attention gainers and methods of instruction that have become legendary in the Corps.  They often used examples from there own experience in Viet Nam or from the stories of extraordinary exploits that remain with units forever. This is about one of those exploits and its impact almost three decades later.  The story starts in the year 1966 on Hill 488 northwest of Chulai overlooking the infamous Hiep Duc Valley where 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Recon Bn’s 16 Marines and 2 Navy Corpsmen are inserted and ends in Jacksonville, Florida in 1997.

» Reminiscing…Looking back with a smile
By Robert Adelhelm | Published 04/25/2006 | Reflections | Rating:  printer version

Our character as Marines is forged by our training, history and adherence to our core values.  From time to time as Marines, we come across situations where taking care of a Marine and adhering to our values takes on a special meaning; this is one of those times...


I was the S4 at the Basic School (TBS) and was tasked with overseeing the dedication of the new Infantry Officer’s Course building (IOC) in honor of a Korean War Medal of Honor recipient 1st Lt Frank Mitchell.  Up to this point, I didn’t know anything about Lt Mitchell or the process of getting a government building named in honor of a war hero.  I was just informed that Lt Mitchell’s name was selected and I was to take charge of the dedication ceremony; I was handed a file with Lt Mitchell’s picture and the documents authorizing that the Infantry Officer’ building be named in honor of him. 

» HONOR, COURAGE, COMMITMENT…Is the change really for life…when it comes to the core values?
By Robert Adelhelm | Published 04/18/2006 | Rants & Raves | Rating:  printer version

Are these values just another PR marketing tool being used for recruiting or are they values we honestly believe in and abide by… for life?   


I remember when there was a big push in the early 90’s to get these Core Values out to all Marines and ensure they all understand them.  Instructors were assigned at all commands to present the Core Values and explain what they meant to us as Marines.  We were very successful in doing this and subsequently have made them a major part of everything seen and “done” by Marines from basic training to career level assignments.  But do we actually practice what we preach; do all measure up to this standard…is the change really for life?