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is honored on Panel 49E, Line 34 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/2/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Robert Lee Melton Jr, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter

    Posted on 2/4/14 - by J. Towe, Benvenue Elementary School 1954
    The last time I saw Bobby was during the summer of 1966 at Atlantic Beach. He had parked his Honda 160 at the Putt Putt miniature golf course across from the old Pavilion. While he still had a broad, boyish smile, he no longer resembled the freckled face kid I met in Ms. Ried's 1st Grade class at Benvenue Elementary School. He had grown into a strong young man, with firm conviction that he was about to serve his country and fulfill his "duty".

    I remember him as a selflessly, generous kid, who went out of his way to "loan" crayons and other school supplies to those from less fortunate families.

    He truly was a good soul from his childhood.

    Later in life (1980) my business partner and I purchased the Pavillion and restored it to its former presence (1950s/1960s). On many "late evenings/early mornings" I would stare across the parking lot and envision Bobby waving back as he did when we last parted.

    It always saddens me to think of all that Bobby missed in life but it also gives me an ever deepening appreciation for his sacrafice.

    It is indeed a true American tragedy that he gave his life for his fellow troupers, his family and for all of us.

    I believe that God has a special place for people like Bobby and our friend Darrel Johnson.

    God Bless you Bobby Melton, you touched many of us, even as children. You will be remembered and revered by me, my children and their children and held in a place of honor for eternity.

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    Posted on 6/3/10
  • We Remember

    Posted on 1/1/10 - by Robert Sage
    Robert is buried at Pinview Cemetery in Rocky Mount, NC. PH
  • Not forgotten

    Posted on 4/12/05 - by Dave Kruger, 196th LIB, 66-67
    Robert, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well and thank you.
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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.

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