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In Memoriam

Major Robert D. "Doc" Verdone

Major Robert D. "Doc" Verdone

18 February 1993

Flight Surgeon (passenger)

Visitor Comments

Missing a great Doctor, valued AF member
MSgt Matthew Tankersley, Mar 29, 2007 - 10:02 PM

Doc, I didn't know this site existed until today. I was saddened to see no comments left after all this time. I am excited and honored to be the first.

You and Scotty P are greatly missed. Our world stopped spinning the day of your accident. The men and women of Eielson AFB, especially the 18FS appreciated your medical service and we enjoyed trying to make your flying experiences in the F-16 as comfortable as possible. I am honored to have served with you. God speed!

MSgt Ken Smith, Dec 24, 2007 - 11:04 PM

What a fine Doctor.

Not only had time for his pilots and maintainers but their families too.

You will never be forgotten

God Bless

God Bless, My Friend
t, Sep 03, 2009 - 06:34 PM
TJ BINFORD, Apr 25, 2010 - 04:53 AM

I cant say enough about you doc what a man friend doctor GOD BLESS !

A Pleasure to work for you
Derek Cromwell, SGT. USAF Veteran, Apr 25, 2010 - 04:56 AM


It was a honor to serve for you in Alaska! A great Flight Surgeon and man!

You Are Missed
lriccio, Nov 06, 2010 - 05:26 AM


All of us at the 18th FS were shocked that day. My wife was in tears when I came home from work.

You were her doctor too..

God Bless you and your family doc.

Thinking about you all the time
Ken Verdone, Apr 14, 2011 - 04:09 PM


I think about you all the time. I am glad we got to reconnect since we both went our seperate ways, me to California and you to Oklahoma and then Alaska. You were a Great Man, a great Military Officer and a Wonderful Father. You will never be forgotten. May God bless you and your family.

You are not forgotten
Tsgt Susan (Ingram) Rutter, Aug 10, 2011 - 12:43 AM

I can't remember what I did two days ago but I remember that cold day in February. Any ring of the crash phone after your loss was a heart-stopper. We all loved you, every one of us who had the honor to serve under you. You were a true leader and looked after us 24-7. Any thoughts of my military days eventually take me to a thought of you and so, you are not forgotten.

"Hey, Buddy!" Remembering you today
Tom Green, Feb 20, 2013 - 05:57 PM

Thinking about you today, Bob. I can't believe that it's 20 years you're gone. I don't think I ever got to say thanks for your taking this nervous freshman pre-med under your wing at LaSalle. I'm not surprised to find out what a fine officer and Flight Surgeon you turned out to be. I saw that coming when we were in school! I miss you today, my friend. God Bless and good tail winds, Doc.

A fine Doctor
Msgt Vincent Smith, Apr 14, 2014 - 11:01 AM

We of the 5055th remember you well Doc. You served us and our families well. It was a difficult time for us all. You are not forgotten.

Barfield, Jun 12, 2016 - 04:50 PM

stayed next door to Doc and his family in base lodging when we arrived. Kids were same age. I had the misfortune of recovering remains from Bob and Scotty that fateful day. I was one of the last to see the devastation. It changed me seeing both guys walking and talking, then the tragedy results.

Both were fine gentlemen I feel privelaged to have known, and honored to have brought home.

Aim High.......and RIP.


Out Of The Blue
Patrick Martin, Jun 04, 2017 - 04:23 PM

I can't say why, but I woke up this morning remembering Doc Verdone. I got to know Doc as our medical consultant when I was a SSgt stationed at Eielson AFB working in the Public Health Office. I remember his sense of humor, warm disposition, and precise medical acumen. This accident shook the entire base, medical and flying members especially, and me, very deeply. I suppose it was because Doc Verdone was such an exceptionally good person, as far as I knew of him, this tragedy has been safely tucked away in memory since then. Rationalizing the event, maybe if the accident had been a combat mission, or if the guys were not such good people, their survivors would not have struggled to grasp the lack of meaning of the event. We'll all find out someday. My best to Doc Verdone's family. God bless.

Final Salute
TSgt (Retired) Susan "Cordy" Cordova, Jun 14, 2017 - 07:56 PM

I was honored to work with Dr. Verdone and to be a part of the Aerospace Medicine Flight. Dr. Verdone was an excellent leader and mentor. I know he is still missed by many. God Speed, Doc!

Great Warrior
TSgt Jose Carr, Nov 04, 2017 - 12:18 AM

Doc, it was a pleasure working with you. You were always there when we had questions. You were a great liaison between the enlisted and the leadership. God bless and Godspeed.

Saluting a fellow PCOMer and FS.
“Speedy” Gomez, Jan 03, 2018 - 04:23 AM


I met your best friend from med school today, Weinik. He spoke very highly of you. I’m honored to learn that you were a fellow PCOM grad and flight doc. God bless.

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