FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORT HOOD (Now designated Fort Cavazos), Texas – Former III Corps and Fort Hood (Now designated Fort Cavazos) Commanding General retired Gen. Robert M. Shoemaker died at 11:55 p.m. June 21 at Seton Medical Center, Harker Heights, Texas.
General Shoemaker assumed command of III Corps in March 1975. In 1977, General Shoemaker was assigned as deputy commander, U.S. Army Forces Command, and a year later, he was promoted to general and became commanding general of U.S. FORSCOM. General Shoemaker retired from the Army in 1982 to the Fort Hood (Now designated Fort Cavazos) area, and remained active in community service here.
“We join the entire Central Texas community and our Army in mourning the loss of a great general, dynamic leader, philanthropist, and friend. General Shoemaker was an accomplished III Corps and Forces Command commander, a pillar of the community, and an inspiration to us all. We will truly miss him,” Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, III Corps and Fort Hood (Now designated Fort Cavazos) commanding general.
A memorial service is scheduled for June 28 and the Killeen Civic and Convention Center, Killeen, Texas. The graveside service will be held immediately following at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen, Texas. The service will include full distinguished military honors with caisson.
General Shoemaker was 93 years old, and he is survived by his wife of nearly seventy years, Tuke.