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College  Oklahoma
Education  University of Oklahoma
Name  Bob Kalsu
Positions  Guard
Role  American football player
Children  James Robert Kalsu Jr.
Spouse  Jan Kalsu (m. 1968–1970)

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Date of birth  (1945-04-13)April 13, 1945
Place of birth  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Date of death  July 21, 1970(1970-07-21) (aged 25)
Place of death  Thua Thien, South Vietnam †
NFL draft  1968 / Round: 8 / Pick 199
Died  July 21, 1970, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam
Awards  Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

Bob Kalsu: Football Guard


James Robert "Bob" Kalsu (April 13, 1945 – July 21, 1970) was an All-American tackle at the University of Oklahoma and an eighth-round selection in the 1968 NFL/AFL draft by the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League.

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Bob Kalsu Bills teammates still remember Kalsu

Kalsu was a starting guard for the Bills in 1968. He played the entire season and was the Bills' team rookie-of-the-year. Following the 1968 season, to satisfy his Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) obligation, he entered the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and arrived in Vietnam in November 1969 as part of the 101st Airborne Division. He was killed in action on July 21, 1970, when his unit came under enemy mortar fire at FSB Ripcord near the A Shau Valley. His family, out of respect, refused to talk in detail about the circumstances surrounding his death.

Bob Kalsu The Death of Bob Kalsu

When he had left for Vietnam, Lieutenant Kalsu had to say goodbye to his wife, Jan, and his daughter Jill. On July 23, 1970, two days after his death, Jan Kalsu gave birth to his son, James Robert Kalsu Jr, at the Kalsu home in Oklahoma City. Mrs. Kalsu was informed of her husband's death only hours later. Kalsu and former Cleveland Brown Don Steinbrunner were the only professional football players to lose their lives in the Vietnam War.

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Honors

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  • FOB Kalsu in Babil, Iraq, was founded and named after him by the 105th Military Police Company from Buffalo, NY in early 2003. The name was chosen in a way to honor his sacrifice for his country and his connection to the Buffalo Bills.
  • In 1999, NFL Films produced a feature on Kalsu that was nominated for an Emmy Award.
  • In 2000, the Buffalo Bills added Kalsu's name to the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame.
  • In 2002, the replacement company at Fort Campbell was named in honor of him – 1LT J. Robert Kalsu Replacement Company.
  • Del City High School's football stadium bears his name.
  • There is a CrossFit Work Out of the Day (WOD) named in his honor.
  • There is a post office in Del City, Oklahoma named for Kalsu. The legislation was signed in law by President Obama on Nov. 5, 2015, and the post office was dedicated on Feb. 5, 2016. The official name of the post office is the James Robert Kalsu Post Office, located at 4500 SE 28th Street in Del City, where Kalsu played high school football before enrolling at the University of Oklahoma.https://russell.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-russell-dedicate-james-robert-kalsu-post-office
  • Video

    Bob Kalsu Former Bills lineman Kalsu died as soldier not a hero
  • NFL Films – Remembering Bob Kalsu

  • Bob Kalsu Bob Kalsu Tales from the AFL
    Bob Kalsu Virtual Vietnam Veterans Wall of Faces JAMES R KALSU ARMY

    References

    Bob Kalsu Wikipedia


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