The campus community was saddened by the loss of one of its own in Afghanistan in November, but none more so than current and former members of the ROTC Gorilla Battalion. Sgt. 1st Class Forrest W. Robertson died in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was a former instructor in the Department of Military Science as well as a former history major at PSU.

Forrest Robertson

Forrest Robertson

“We are all deeply saddened by the news of Sgt. 1st Class Robertson’s death,” said PSU President Steve Scott. “On campus, he was an inspiration to the students in PSU’s ROTC Program. Through his service and sacrifice, he is an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in the midst of their great loss.”

According to the Department of Defense, Robertson, 35, of Westmoreland, Kan., died Nov. 3, in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Stewart, Ga.

At a Veterans Day observance at PSU’s Veterans Memorial on Nov. 11, a paver honoring Robinson was added to the more than 3,000 pavers honoring veterans that now fill the amphitheater and spread out on the plaza in front of the memorial.