Robert Louis Turchin, a US Marine officer during WWII, is being highly recognized by France on Nov. 30

On November 30, 2012, Robert Louis Turchin will receive the highly coveted French Legion d’Honneur Medal for his service in the United States Navy in defense of France during World War II.

Robert L. "Bob" Turchin was born on February 22, 1922 in New York, and moved with his family to Miami Beach, Florida in 1930.
Throughout his lifetime, Bob Turchin served on countless professional and community service boards; and volunteered on numerous civic committees.


He graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School in 1939, and went on to receive his Business Degree from Tulane University. Bob reported for active duty in the US Navy immediately upon graduation, and proudly served as a Lieutenant and Chief Gunnery Officer aboard the USS Barnett.

He fought in some of the most significant battles of W.W. II, including the Normandy Invasion, and later, on the Pacific Front. On June 6, 1944, he landed on Utah Beach in Normandy.

After the War, the Department of the Navy awarded the USS Barnett the Navy Unit Commendation for Exceptional meritorious Service in action against enemy aircraft, shore batteries, mines, and submarines.

Following his discharge from the Navy in 1946, Bob returned to Miami Beach with his wife, Lillian Athey Turchin, and began the pursuit of his passion, a career in construction.

He later became President and Chairman of Robert L. Turchin, Inc.. Through his tireless dedication and hard work, he soon grew to become one of the most successful and respected builders in the country, with well over 100 major buildings to his credit. Bob earned the sterling reputation of being "the builder’s builder", and was known for honoring contracts with a handshake. As always, Bob’s word was his bond.

Throughout his lifetime, Bob Turchin served on countless professional and community service boards; and volunteered on numerous civic committees. He was elected to the Miami Beach City Council in the early-mid 1960’s and later served as Vice Mayor of Miami Beach.

Bob generously supported numerous worthwhile educational and charitable causes, and was made a Trustee at Tulane University. He later became a Trustee at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where he and Lillian spent many wonderful years together with their children and grandchildren. Bob generously became a major benefactor both at Tulane and ASU.

On Friday, November 30, 2012, in the name of the French Republic, the Consul General of France in Miami, Mr. Gael de Maisonneuve, will award the insignias of "Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur" ("Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor") to Mr. Robert Louis Turchin for having fought alongside France during World War award declaring that France will never forget his valor and sacrifice."

Mr. Turchin and his entire family are extremely grateful to the Government and People of France for the awarding of this esteemed honor.

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Article published on Nov. 29, 2012.

Last modified on 29/11/2012

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