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  • Date of Birth:7/14/1948
  • Date of Casualty:2/2/1968
  • Home of Record:PORT ARTHUR
  • County of Record:JEFFERSON COUNTY
  • State:TX
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row:36E, 85
  • Casualty Province:BINH DUONG


  • Date of Birth:8/29/1947
  • Date of Casualty:2/2/1968
  • Home of Record:SAN ANTONIO
  • County of Record:BEXAR COUNTY
  • State:TX
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:36E, 80
  • Casualty Province:BINH DUONG


is honored on Panel 36E, Row 80 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/8/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP5 Robert James Oates, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Final Mission of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00634

    Posted on 5/27/13 - by

    On February 2, 1968 this aircraft from 235th Aviation Company, 164th Combat Aviation Group, was on a mission in Phong Dinh Province (IV Corps) when it came under hostile enemy fire. The attack caused the helicopter to crash and burn, with the ensuing fire destroying the aircraft. The crew members aboard suffered fatal injuries in the crash. They included the aircraft commander WO1 John H. Cannon, pilot CAPT Carl L. West, crew chief SP5 Allen C. Hardison, and gunner SP5 Robert J. Oates. A passenger on the flight was also killed, CAPT Kendrick K. Kelly III. [Taken from]

  • Remembrance

    Posted on 11/23/11 - by Judith A. Paff
    Rob was the son of the late Robert and Virginia Oates. He was a younger brother to Pat Telger and Judy Paff, and an older brother to Kathy Finkelmeier. He was a 1963 graduate of Elder High School and a 1965 graduate of the Ohio College of Applied Science. Rob worked for the Ohio Highway Department before entering the United States Army. While serving in Vietnam, he was a helicopter crew chief and a gunner with the 235th Aviation Company. His helicopter was shot down by enemy forces near Can Tho, Vietnam. After his death, Rob was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal and the Purple Heart. Some of Rob's interests were restoring old cars, hunting and fishing.
  • Can Tho, Viet Nam

    Posted on 3/8/10 - by Steve Moore
    I was in the 235th Aviation Co. with Robert. Actually I was to fly that night but he and Hardison flew in my crew's place because we had been flying for 48hrs straight. I hated to lose my good friend.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 1/8/10 - by Robert Sage
    Robert is buried at Saint Joseph (new) Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH. BSM AM PH
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 1/12/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers

  • Thank You

    Posted on 11/19/02
    As a fellow Buckeye, I say "THANK YOU"

    As a Veteran, I say "JOB WELL DONE"

    As an American, "YOUR DEATH WAS NOT IN VAIN"

    And as a Believer, "YOUR SPIRIT IS ALIVE--AND STRONG"

    Again, thank you for your valiant and courageous service, faithful contribution, and most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours! ETERNAL PEACE MY FRIEND

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