Gen. Shoemaker Era Ends

Famed former Ft Hood Commander and Viet Nam General was buried on Wednesday.

Hundreds, perhaps more than a thousand, mourners were on hand Wednesday at funeral services at the Killeen Civic Center and on to the gravesite at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. On arrival at the cemetery the casket was loaded onto a horse drawn caisson and there was a cannon salute, provided by a Fort Hood Field Artillery Squadron.

Retired General Robert M. Shoemaker was the commander at Fort Hood back in the 70s, also earning fame as one of the Viet Nam conflict commanders. He rose to the rank of a four-star General as the head of the U.S. Army Forces Command. He died of natural causes at 93 a week ago on June 21st.

After his retirement he settled in the area and was very active in the community, becoming a Bell County Commissioner and serving on numerous boards and councils. One of the Killeen area schools, “Shoemaker High” was named after him, and that school will likely have a shrine of sorts to the memory of the General.