SELLERSVILLE, PA, USA U.S. Marines LCPL, WPNS CO, 3D BN, 8TH MAR, RCT-8, 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC FALLUJAH, IRAQ 06/06/2005
Robert T. Mininger dreamed of joining the CIA, FBI or Secret Service, and knew the Marines would open doors for him.
“Bob was never satisfied with the idea of going to school and going to work somewhere behind a desk,” said his father, Tom. “He needed something in his life that demanded physical activity. That’s why he loved the Marines.”
Mininger played football in high school. “He played defensive end and he was a monster,” said his stepfather, Larry Zwillinger. “He played with such joy and passion.”
He went on to Montgomery County Community College as a computer engineering major but soon switched to criminal justice. He talked to recruiters from different military branches before deciding on the Marines.
“Anything else would not be quite as hard as he wanted,” his father said. “He wanted it to be the ultimate, and he felt the Marine Corps was the ultimate.”
Mininger is also survived by his mother, Paula Zwillinger.