Robert "Bob" Joseph Duffy, was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, October 2, 1922. He died May 14, 2005 at the age of 82 in Savannah, Georgia. With the eruption of World War II, Bob enlisted in the Army Air Corps in September of 1942. Based in Hethel, England, the home of the 389th Bomb Group, 566th Bomb Squadron, 8th Air Force, Bob piloted a total of 14 bombing missions over Europe. On his 14th mission, Bob was shot down over Hamburg, Germany and became a prisoner of war. He was later liberated by the Russian Red Army on May 9, 1945. 2nd Lieutenant, Robert Duffy, was honorably discharged on November 15, 1945. Bob received the following medals and honors; Purple Heart, POW, Good Conduct, American Theatre, European, Victory, Expert Marksman, the Presidential Citation, The Caterpillar Club Award (given only to pilots whose lives were saved by utilizing a parachute), and four Battle Stars.
In his later years, Bob enjoyed many days volunteering at the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum, bringing alive to all who would listen many tales of the Greatest Generation. Upon returning home to the United States, Bob married the late Mary Crosby on July 14, 1945 and took up residence in Savannah, Georgia. He studied law locally under the tutelage of Gilbert Johnson and was sworn into the Georgia Bar February 6, 1951. Bob, who "never met a stranger,” practiced law for 52 years, handling more than 20,000 cases with his law firm of Duffy and Feemster. He was President of the Savannah Bar Association 1971-1972 and was deeply honored to be voted the Best Bar President in the State of Georgia. Former Chairman of the Federal Grand Jury, Bob served for 16 months, the longest appointment in the Southern Districts History. He was also past President of the Pro Bono Association, representing indigent clients.
Additional achievements include: Former District Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America, member of the Clinton Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rites, and Alee Temple Shrine Unit in Savannah, Georgia, where he was the first President of the Greeter's Unit and was currently active with the Clowns as "Bingo," 1st President of The Landings Association, former member of the Board of Education where he was Chairman of the Athletic Committee, and former President of the Historic Sites and Monuments Committee. He was also a founding member of The Judges Judicial Invitational and was an avid golfer. Bob was a published author, having written many articles and his recent book, Every Step of the Way. This is a story of his lifelong adventures but more importantly, a realization that God was with him in every step of his life. While all of the above were important in Bob's life, his love of "The Good Maker," family, and friends were what sustained him. He loved to laugh, and His love for life was an inspiration to all who knew him and especially to his family, who will miss him greatly. He often told them, "Never worry" and "No one cry over me, for I have had a wonderful life."