Countdown to Christmas – Remembering Robin


Day #5

Today, I would like to remember my brother Robin, on what would have been his 66th birthday. Robin was killed in Viet Nam on 3.9.1969.

Memories of Christmas’ past with Robin are very vague to be the me, I was probably 9 or 10 the last time we celebrated with Robin at home. I wish I had clearer memories of us all together on Christmas morning.

The photo I shared above is one of only a few that I have found of me (the baby) and my siblings; Linda, Bill and Robin. This would have been my first Christmas. I was 10 months old, Robin had just turned 9, Linda was 10 and Bill would turn 12 just a few days later.

 

Kriebel Rd housed under construction/late 1957 – early 1958

 

Robin skating on Freddy Hill Pond. Great times and great memories were had on that pond!

I wonder quite often what Robin would have become had he returned from Viet Nam. Would he have a family? Would he be dealing with any of the trauma or health issues so many Viet Nam vets struggle with?  How different would our family be? One can only wonder how life would have been had that one moment in time been different.

Instead I honor and remember his life by sharing bits and pieces of his “history” that I uncover. You can read about his time in the Army in post I have written by clicking on the link below.

Remembering Robin
Love and Lattes,

Martha

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2 thoughts on “Countdown to Christmas – Remembering Robin”

  1. I too, wonder what his life would have been like – and what he would have done had he came back. From what you have told of him – I think he would have been “okay” and not one of the stressed-traumatized or druggy ones. He would have looked forward to new challenges and would have continued to love his family – returning the love that is to this day, showered on him.

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