Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.
This memorial website was created to remember Bobby McRill who was born at Lake Placid, Florida on April 15, 1965 and passed away on July 6, 2007. You will live forever in our memories and hearts.
Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bobby. McRill enlisted in the Navy March 5, 1991, and graduated from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., in May before reporting to NavalAirTechnicalTrainingCenter. He then spent three years at Naval Air Station Dallas, and reported to the DefensePhotoSchool in Pensacola, Fla.
Bobby was aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) from June to November of 1995, and had a brief tour at Visual Support Unit, Oceana, Va., before serving aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), home-ported in Norfolk, Va., from November 1996 to January 2002. He reported to another aircraft carrier, USS Eisenhower (CVN 69), also home-ported in Norfolk. While aboard the aircraft carriers, he deployed to the Mediterranean in support of Operations Noble Anvil/Allied Force, Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. He was then assigned to Naval Expeditionary Combat Command Detachment, Combat Camera Atlantic from February 2004 to April 2007, during which he documented the funeral of President Ronald Reagan, Guatemalan flood relief and Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Bobby reported to Naval Special Warfare Group Two in May 2007.
Bobby’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Navy ‘E’ Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal (4 awards), Kosovo Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment ribbon (3 awards), Rifleman (Marksman) ribbon and Pistol Shot (Marksman) ribbon.He was a qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist.
Bobby is survived by his wife and three children.
GM1 (sw) retired
January 22, 2016
Sitting with some friends, remembering you Bobby. You would like these guy's, they remind me of you. Always listening, always have positive support and just plain being a great Brother. I miss you Brother.
Dennis Dean Taylor
U S Navy
June 21, 2015
Father's Day and thinking of you my friend!
Dennis Dean Taylor
U S Navy
June 21, 2015
Father's Day and thinking og you Bobby!!
Dennis Dean Taylor
Master Chief, US Navy
October 28, 2013
I am approaching the end of my Navy career at 30 years. Bobby McRill was the single most important factor in the success of this career. I will always miss him.
Dennis Dena Taylor
US Navy, Virginia
April 16, 2012
As my ship pulls into New Orleans as part of the 200th Anniversary Commeration of the War of 1812 I can't help but think of Combat Cameraman Bobby McRill.
During our years together we often talked of our country's history and its heritage.
He'd of loved to be with me here now. Actually, I guess he is.
I met Bobby when I was at DESRON 50 in Bahrain. He hung out with me and my best friend Collin Dulaney. We used to joke and shot the spit all the time while he was with us. Collin and i still talk about Bobby. In the short time we knew each other it was awesome. Bobby you are truly missed by friends you touched even if it was for a short time.
LCDR Charles Abell
Operations Officer, FLTCOMCAMLANT
November 11, 2014
In 1984, I joined the U.S. Navy and had no idea that I would become part of the elite, the 1%! As I approach 30 years of service and feel that I have given so much, I remember my shipmates who made the ultimate sacrifice!http://bobby-mcrill.last-memories.com/ Bobby was a true Sailor, and family man! He was fun to serve with and hang out. We both had the bad habit of smoking, and there were many days where I would catch up with him in the smoking area at Expeditionary Combat Camera. He would always speak of his family, they meant more to him than his service in the Navy! He always had his priorities right! Today, I honor his sacrifice and the commitment of all my shipmates, mentors, friends who served our Nation and reaffirmed my belief in that we all must serve, in order to receive. I have received, the gift of friendship and camaraderie! Happy Veteran's Day! --LCDR Charles "Chuck" Abell, USN, COMCAM
May 26, 2014
I couldn't bear myself to write a condolence to Bobby and his family not too long this Website was created...Now I feel I'm ready to share a few things.
My first photo assignment for COMCAM was with the sea cadets at Fort Story, with Bobby leading the way. It was probably the most fun and the best team assignment I had. More importantly, I had a chance to witness where a photographer should be at the shoot: as close to the subjects as he can with a wide angle lens. In fact, Bobby was the ONLY shooter in the water with those kids. The end result: a fantastic picture (http://osd.dtic.mil/home/photoessays/2006-07/p20060721a9.html) and a ruined cell phone. He showed me he wasn't afraid of discomfort to get the shot he needed. That's what I remembered the most about that day.
After returning from the Bahrain deployment in April 2007, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Bobby was still at COMCAM. However, he had the paper work to finish up and left not too long after. That year was my best and also my worst. My best was being married to a great woman and my worst, of course, is to learn about Bobby's untimely passing. All I had to say that it hit me really hard and put my life in a tailspin. It a lot more painful to losing Bobby than losing my own dad to a lifetime of alcoholism. Naturally, I shed tears for my dad, but I cried a bucket for Bobby.
One of the very last things he said to me prior to my Bahrain deployment was that he wanted to invite me, Justin Thomas and others to a BBQ at his house either soon before the deployment or after I don't exactly recall. I truly regretted we wouldn't have that opportunity to know him and the family better...
Lastly, photographing at Bobby's funeral was very difficult for many of us, myself included. I knew I had to volunteer to do this in his honor. After all, this is the very least I could do. You will always live in my heart. Rest in peace.