Letters of Condolence

Today, I opened an envelope that I knew contained some documents regarding Robin’s death. A few newspaper articles, and other official papers. What I forgot this folder contained were letters from then President Nixon, General Westmoreland, our governor at the time and other local officials. I wonder at the time my parents received these whether … [Read more…]

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Letters from Robin – Fire in the Hole – 9/28/69

On this Eve of Memorial Day, I am taking time to once again share on of Robin’s letters. I had put the project on hold, and like so many things, never got back to it. I have about 23 that I have yet to share. It is a time consuming process, and uninterrupted time is … [Read more…]

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Letters from Robin – Happy Birthday – 12/6/1968

Dec 6, 1968 Dear Mom & Dad, Sorry it’s been so long since I wrote last but we’ve been mighty busy. We’ve been running alot of night ambushes and out in the day looking for Charlie around Thunder. The other day we worked on APC (armored personalle carriers, or better known as tracks) for the … [Read more…]

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Letters from Robin – Better in the Boonies – 11/19/1969

Another Monday off, and more rain! I’m glad I like rainy days! They make it easier to stay home and get things done! Unfortunately even with staying home I didn’t accomplish too much! I did get a couple more letters transcribe for future posts! I worked this past weekend, so I only have three days … [Read more…]

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Letters from Robin – Final Words – 03-07-1969

Today’s letter is the last letter my family received from Robin. I felt it fitting to share this letter on Memorial Day. In a short while, I will head out with my mother to meet up with several family members to attend the Memorial Day parade and ceremonies in our town, Lansdale, PA. After the … [Read more…]

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Letters from Robin – Operation Russell Beach #2 – 1/27/69

      Memorial Day weekend is here. The unofficial beginning of summer. The very warm weather we enjoyed for several days last week has turned very chilly and windy! I feel like we are back in March. “Selfishly” I am happy that Memorial Day itself is forcasted to have high of 74 and sunny. … [Read more…]

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Letters from Robin – Operation Russell Beach #1 – 1/25/69

Thanks for stopping by again today! I love the connections that my decision to share Robin’s letters on my blog have made for me. I never would have thought I would have so many of Robin’s brothers from Vietnam, none so far that knew him personally, but all who shared a common bond, would be … [Read more…]

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Letters From Robin – Thunder Mountain – 9/23/1968

  Today’s letter was written on Robin’s first full day at his new “home” LZ (Landing Zone) Thunder. Even in the midst of war, Robin saw the beauty of the land. I’ve included this map from the Buff Grunt website to show you were the places Robin talks about are located. 23 Sept 68 Dear … [Read more…]

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Letters from Robin – Destination Chu Lai – 9/12/1968

Today I am sharing the first letter Robin sent home once he arrived in Vietnam. It amazes me that at 18 years old he did not seem afraid. He has chosen this as his path in life after high school and in reading all of the letters he seemed “at ease”, with that choice. I … [Read more…]

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