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ROBERT LEONEL LILES JR


is honored on Panel 1W, Line 101 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Hoping to find family

    Posted on 4/2/17 - by Rita Hockenberry
    My name is Rita, and I live in Ohio.I wore his MIA bracelet all through high school but lost it years ago.I looked up his name and saw they found his remains, and had been promoted to Major. I ordered a new bracelet and wear it today at 60 years old! I have a pic of the bracelet, and a picture of me at 17 with the original one in a wedding. How I would love hearing from a family member. Thank you, Major Liles for serving, and the ultimate sacrifice. To loved ones, I am so very sorry you lost him so young! latterita1@gmail.com
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  • Remembering Bobby

    Posted on 5/29/16 - by Beverly Latham Edberg bedberg@comcast.net
    I still have the little onyx statue and look at it often and remember you. You were my first love and I still miss you. The military ball we went to at Louisiana Tech. How wonderful is that memory. I am watching the national memorial service on PBS and someone is singing Forever Young and that is you in my memory. God rest your beautiful soul.
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  • Remembering Bobby

    Posted on 5/29/16 - by Beverly Latham Edberg bedberg@comcast.net
    I still have the little onyx statue and look at it often and remember you. You were my first love and I still miss you. The military ball we went to at Louisiana Tech. How wonderful is that memory. I am watching the national memorial service on PBS and someone is singing Forever Young and that is you in my memory. God rest your beautiful soul.
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  • Remembering Bobby

    Posted on 5/29/16 - by Beverly Latham Edberg bedberg@comcast.net
    I still have the little onyx statue and look at it often and remember you. You were my first love and I still miss you. The military ball we went to at Louisiana Tech. How wonderful is that memory. I am watching the national memorial service on PBS and someone is singing Forever Young and that is you in my memory. God rest your beautiful soul.
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  • Final Mission of MAJ Robert L. Liles Jr.

    Posted on 2/1/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    An AC-130A gunship, "Spectre 17", flown by CAPT Harry R. Lagerwall, departed Ubon Airbase, Thailand on an interdiction mission to interrupt enemy cargo movements along the Ho Chi Minh Trail on December 21, 1972. The crew onboard numbered 16, including MSGT Rollie K. Reaid, CAPT George D. MacDonald, SMS John Q. Winningham, MAJ Francis A. Walsh Jr., CMS James R. Fuller, SMS Robert T. Elliott, MAJ Robert L. Liles Jr., LTC Harry R. Lagerwall, COL Paul O. Meder, LTC Thomas T. Hart III, CAPT Stanley N. Kroboth, MSGT Charles F. Fenter, CAPT Joel R. Birch, Richard Williams, and Carl E. Stevens. During the flight to the target, the aircraft was hit by ground fire and after 10 minutes of level flight, the fuel exploded. Two of the crew, Williams and Stevens, bailed out safely and were subsequently rescued hours later. The partial body of Joel Birch (an arm) was later recovered some distance away from the crash site. Heat-sensitive equipment which would pinpoint the location of human beings in the jungles was used to search for the rest of the crew with no success. It was assumed that the missing crewmen were either dead or were no longer in the area. According to intelligence reports, several piles of bloody bandages and 5 deployed parachutes were seen and photographed at the crash site. Also, later requests through the Freedom of Information Act revealed a photo of what appeared to be the initials "TH" stomped in the tall elephant grass near the crash site. In the early 1980's a delegation comprised in part of several POW/MIA family members visited the site of the aircraft crash in Laos. Mrs. Anne Hart found material on the ground in the area which she believed to be bone fragment. She photographed the material and turned it over to the U.S. Government. In February, 1985, a joint excavation of the crash site was done by the U.S. and Laos from which a large number of small bone fragments were found. Analysis by the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory (CIL) in Hawaii reported the positive identification of all 13 missing crewmembers. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.