Robert and Hazel (Hermanson) Paulson were married on June 5, 1949, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Rockford, Ill. They have three daughters, Patty Snow, Jeannie Fauerbach and a foster daughter, Sandy Hendricks. The Paulsons are in their 90s and still live independently in their own home in Loves Park, Ill.
Sergeant Robert “Bob” Paulson is one of seven Paulson brothers from the Richland County village of Excelsior who served overseas during World War II. All seven survived the war and made it home.
After four years overseas, Sgt. Paulson was sent home. He signed up to go to Japan, and was sent to Milwaukee as a prison guard. Soon afterward Japan surrendered and Sgt. Paulson left the army in 1945 after serving five years.
The following is a list of medals awarded to Sgt. Paulson: two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with German clasp, French Croix de Guerre-Unit Citation, Combat Infantry Badge, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, American Defense Ribbon with One Bronze Star, three Bronze Campaign Stars, Presidential Unit Citation, 8 Overseas Bars and an Honorable Discharge Button. The eight Overseas Bars are especially meaningful to Paulson since they represent four years of service outside of the United States, which is quite an accomplishment.
Sgt. Robert Paulson 16007101, Anti-tank Co. 2nd and 10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, 3rd Army, 1940-1945, served in the United States, Iceland, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and Scotland.