Colonel Robert E. Golosov
June 21, 1929 to August 12, 2017
Interment at Arlington National Cemetery with Full Honors, January 9, 2018
“Being a citizen is more than a birthright. It means to me, the love and defense of my country and the right and dignity of my spiritual and personal beliefs”
-Colonel Robert E. Golosov
Born in Quincy, MA, he matriculated through the Boston school system, attended Boston University and graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College, the National Defense University and the Armed Forces Industrial College.
Colonel Golosov was a Combat wounded and decorated Infantryman and among his awards he held the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for Gallantry in action against the enemy, the Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation for unit valor and accomplishment, the Purple Heart (for wounds in combat), the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s badge as an Infantry Unit Commander in North Korea during the intense fighting at “Old Baldy, Pork Chop Hill, the Triangle Hill complex, Kumwah Junction and Chorwon,” North Korea. The Legion of Merit, and The Order of Saint Maurice (Primicerius), were awarded to him for later service.
Colonel Golosov was selected by the secretary of the Army in June 2002 for two terms of three years each to the distinguished position of “Honorary Colonel of the Regiment”, where his name will be inscribed as a distinguished member of the regiment in the history of the 32nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division.
Among his assignments, he was President of the Combat Development Board, FT. Benning, GA, an Infantry Battalion Commander, Deputy Commander of a Maneuver Training Command, MTC Combat Arms Division Commander, Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 (Operations), an Infantry Company Commander, and a United States Department of State International Courier.
His early enlisted service was with the 101st Airborne Division, and then served in the European Command, during the Cold War, with the elite United States Constabulary Forces, 6th Armored Cavalry with operations in Germany, France and Austria, and later in a separate action in Greece, with Greek Loyalists.
As Honorary Colonel of the 32nd Infantry Regiment, he served the Regiment by visiting the deployed troops (1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry, 10th Mountain Division), in Afghanistan in November 2009 for a short tour of duty where he actively participated in operations.
Colonel Golosov rose from recruit, thru the ranks to Colonel of Infantry and was inducted into the United States Army Infantry Hall of Honor (OCS), United Stated Army National Infantry Museum at FT. Benning, GA. He retired from military service in 1980 after 33 years of service.
As President of North Atlantic International. He was a financial intermediary arranging and structuring industrial loans and project financing on an international and domestic basis, specializing in the funding for the purchase of oil drilling rigs and hydro plants and heavy industrial equipment where he enjoyed successful relations with both domestic and international banks.
Bob was twice past President of Temple Israel’s (Boston) Brotherhood, as well as past President of the Northeast Region, National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods, a long time Commander of the Jewish War Veterans Kennedy Post, a member of the Norwood, Disabled American Veterans, and was honored for meritorious service, Jewish War Veterans, USA National Memorial, a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Massachusetts Military Historical Society. Bob was a life member of the American Legion and the Combat Infantrymen’s Association. He was a member of the North American Federation of Reformed Temple Brotherhood Board of Directors (at-Large) and appointed as a member of the NAF council. Bob was a member of the Wamsutta Private Club of New Bedford, Ma and a member of the Military Officers Association of America.
During the last days of the Gulf War, Col. Golosov (R), served with the Israeli Defense Force on the Golan with a Combat Service Support Unit, where upon his departure a tree of life was planted in his name of honor at the site of the service.
Colonel Golosov was asked to be part of the Korean War Memorial Inauguration in Washington, DC and he was featured in the month of November, 1997 Jewish War Veterans Calendar. In June of 2004, he was honored by the 32nd Infantry Regiment Association by having him place a Regimental Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery in memory of the 32nd Infantry Regiment departed as well as all departed service personnel.
Bob was President and a member of the Westwood Rotary Club and past District Governor, 7910, Rotary International (East-Central Massachusetts) confirmed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for the term 1993-1994. The district is composed of 54 clubs. He was actively engaged in the programs of Rotary International, “Providing service above self”, developing peace through understanding. He was recognized as a benefactor and as a Paul Harris Fellow for his untiring efforts and was further honored as a district Rotarian of the year. He also received the Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Achievement and the rotary international Vice Presidents Achievement award for unselfish assistance to people in the community as well as in the community of the world. Bob also initiated and sponsored the Charter of the Rotary International Fellowship of retired and active duty Military retirees (Worldwide)
As a past resident of Mattapan and Brookline, he was a long time resident of Canton, and of late Rochester. He was the son of the late James and Freeda Golosov, brother of the late Leo Gale and Lillian Golosov. Husband of the late Anita (Marcus) Golosov. Father of Wayne and Dorothy Golosov of Alpharetta, GA and Charles and the late Lesley (Golosov) Alexander of Rochester. He was Grandfather of Captain Zachary Golosov of Las Vegas, NV, 2nd Lieutenant Aaron Golosov of Alpharetta, GA, Morgan Alexander and Austin Alexander of Rochester. Bob leaves his most dearest friend and loved companion Rhoda Pinta.
Any expression of sympathy may be made to the Westwood Rotary Club, Box 798 Westwood, Ma 02090, or to the Boston Heart Foundation, 139 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142