Vet killed in motorcycle crash remembered

Posted at 10:38 PM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 23:41:20-04

A 75-year-old veteran who died in a motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon has left a legacy in Omaha and within the veteran community. 

Robert Swanson, who served in the Navy and was an advocate for veterans was a member of the American Legion Post 1. He started the American Legion Riders at Post 1 in 2004 - a group for veterans who enjoy riding motorcycles and ride them to honor veterans, both living and deceased. 

"I was the third person he recruited to join the American Legion Riders," says Clifford Leach, a veteran and friend of Swanson's. "I don't think he rode a motorcycle before he started the Legion Riders - but once he got on, I don't think he ever got off his bike. He loved to ride."

"If you ask anybody who Corndog was - especially if you ask anybody who is a Legion Rider - they'll know," said David Smith, another Army veteran friend of Swanson's.

Swanson was heavily involved in many organizations that helped veterans and spoke in front of the Nebraska legislature supporting bills that benefited veterans. 

"Bob was kind of a vet's vet. he's done a lot for our vets. He's going to be missed. He's an intricate part about what vets are all about," adds Leach. "I mean he's got quite the legacy behind him, and he's going to leave a good legacy."

At the Legion Post 1, there's a Wall of Honor - a wall that is home to pictures, dating back to 1919 of every Post Commander the American Legion has had. 

Swanson's picture is hung on that wall, now with a start underneath his name, symbolizing the death of a commander. 

"It will be there. And he will be there. And people will know his story as long as there's a Legion Post," said Smith.