Number of Years of Service: 33
Deceased: October 19, 2008
Colonel Nett was the 5th Student Battalion Commander during the training and commissioning of OCS Class 1-66, 51st Company. The OCS 1-66 Class Book was dedicated to Colonel Nett in these words: “We dedicated this book to a man whose personal courage on the battlefield won for him the highest award that our nation can give, the Medal of Honor. As 5th Student Battalion Commander, Colonel Robert B. Nett gave us the guidance that has molded us into what we are today…commissioned officers in the United States Army. Let us hope that we, as teachers of men, will be able to emulate to some degree the courage and leadership that he demonstrated when the need arises.”
Colonel Robert B. Nett, with his wife Frances, at the presentation of a Memorial in honor of his wisdom, guidance and heroism. The Memorial was constructed and presented by members of the 51st Company OCS 1-66, Fort Benning, Georgia during late 1965.
Obituary: COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Col. “Robert B. Nett, who received the Medal of Honor for heroism in combat in the Philippines during World War II and later served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, died Sunday, October 19, 2008. He was 86. His death followed a brief illness, said a spokeswoman for Fort Benning, Georgia.
Colonel Nett, a New Haven native who enlisted in the Connecticut National Guard in 1940, was sent into combat on Christmas Island shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was soon sent to Fort Benning and graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1942. Then-Lieutenant Nett was a company commander in December 1944 when he led an assault on a Japanese stronghold. He was seriously wounded three times during the attack but killed seven enemy soldiers with his rifle and bayonet. He later rejoined his unit and fought on Okinawa.
Colonel Nett helped train South Korean soldiers during the Korean War and was an adviser to Vietnamese troops during the Vietnam War.
After 33 years of military service, Colonel Nett retired and spent 17 years as a teacher in the Columbus school system. He was inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame in 2007. The Leadership Hall built in 2004 at Camp Rell, Connecticut bears his name.
Colonel Nett is survived by his wife, Frances, and a son, Dr. Robert Nett Jr.”