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Veteran Of Iraq, Afghanistan Chosen To Lead Ridgefield Parade

Col. Robert A. Law III has been named grand marshal of Ridgefield's 2016 Memorial Day parade.
Col. Robert A. Law III has been named grand marshal of Ridgefield's 2016 Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit:

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Col. Robert A. Law III, a veteran of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan who now serves at the Pentagon in Washington, has been chosen to lead Ridgefield’s 2016 Memorial Day parade as grand marshal.

“Col. Law has served with distinction in virtually all the hot spots around the world, rising steadily in rank with increasingly important commands,” Denis Loncto of the American Legion’s parade committee wrote in recommending him. “In his earliest assignment Robert was a tank platoon leader during Operation Desert Storm. Other foreign postings include Korea, Germany, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom."

Law’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Medal and various campaign medals.

He is also a graduate of both the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College.

Law, the son of Susan Law and the late Robert Law, Ridgefield residents for more than 40 years, was a student at Farmingville Elementary School, East Ridge Middle School and Fairfield College Preparatory School.

Graduating high school in 1985, Law went to Villanova University on an ROTC scholarship before beginning his 26 years of military service.

“I have known Robert Law for 35 years,” Loncto wrote, “and early on it was not difficult to discern in this young man the potential that would eventually mold him into the type of individual who embodied Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s concepts of ‘duty, honor and country.’”

Law and his wife have three sons.

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