A lifetime is a finite period of years, days, hours minutes and finally seconds. How each of us spends those final moments is usually private, and not noteworthy. Yet, Bob Rennerman, of the class of 1944, went from a healthy, trained soldier to a battlefield casualty figure in a matter of minutes. His decision to spend his life made no difference in the battle for South Korea. What it did show was the willingness of a man to give his every asset to a cause, for which he determined dying an appropriate sacrifice.

As 1994 classmates of Bob, we knew him as a fine person and an able athelete. None of us thought the fortunes of war would determine any of our life spans. Someone else would do the dying.....
The following is a detailed recounting of the times and reasons which brought Bob to his moment of fateful decision.

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