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 they were received as comforting sympathies or with some anger. Maybe both, as I remember my parents handling this differently. My mother seeemd to quietly (not with out tears mind you) accept this as what was to be. She firmly believes when it is your time, it is your time and that Robin was where he felt he was doing what he was to do at that time in his life. My father on the other hand struggled much more, it affected his health and he was never really one to discuss Robin’s death. I am sure there were memories shared, and stories told, but never much about Vietnam.
Here are some of those letters.