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  • Wall Name:JOHN R PETTY JR
  • Date of Birth:9/27/1930
  • Date of Casualty:10/26/1965
  • Home of Record:GALLATIN
  • County of Record:SUMNER COUNTY
  • State:TN
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:CWO
  • Panel/Row:2E, 135
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


  • Date of Birth:8/30/1920
  • Date of Casualty:10/26/1965
  • Home of Record:MCBEAN
  • State:GA
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:CAPT
  • Panel/Row: 2E, 136
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


is honored on Panel 2E, Row 136 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 10/26/13 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
    Semper Fi, Marine.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/22/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Robert Edwin Swanson, 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
  • Remembrance

    Posted on 12/3/12 - by Wayne Swanson

    My Uncle Bobby was just about to turn 10 years old when I was born. Bobby was the youngest member of my Father's family and Bobby had 2 older sisters and 5 older brothers who loved him.

    I had just turned 9 years old when I was given the news that my Uncle Bobby had been shot. I say it that way because those are the only words I recall, but I can recall everything else about that moment as though it were happening this very moment.

    I was a happy fourth grader coming home from school looking forward to playing outside with my friends when a string of words turned my world upside down. Those horrifying words caused me to cry instantly and my diving face plant into my bed muffled the sounds of my uncontrollable crying while my Mother did her best to console me.

    Three days later I heard a new string of words, your Uncle Bobby died..., and it was then that I received my first scar, a scar that would last a lifetime. My only visual memory of my Uncle Bobby is of him laying in the casket, at least that I have ever been able to recall.

    I tell this as my story, my memory of my Uncle Bobby because it is the only one I can ever recall when his name is mentioned. That is a tragedy of war.

    As I near retirement I am still overcome with that '9 year old's' emotion when my Uncle Bobby is mentioned. I feel that same emotion when I hear of a Marine or any other service member being killed in action because I know what those who are left behind will now face. That is a tragedy of war.

    I am proud of my Uncle Bobby. He was a Marine. I wish I had other memories of my Uncle Bobby because I am sure there were many. That is a tragedy of war.

  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 3/7/12
    (Photo Credit: Jill Rositano) Rest in peace with the warriors.
  • Photo

    Posted on 2/4/10


  • On Your Angel Day

    Posted on 10/26/09 - by 60's Girl
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service to our country and for the sacrifice of your precious life.

    It is a privilege to be able to honor you for standing up for what was right and for the courage that you demonstrated.

    I know that there are many who say that the loss of your life was in vain and that the Vietnam War was a senseless war, but for this American that is not true. What you did for the freedom of others was not in vain but has always been and will always be an example of good and honor today and for generations to come.

    You will never be forgotten by me and I will honor your name and your sacrifice all my days.

    In honor of your Angel Day I leave this poem for you:

    “Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
    Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts.
    And we are never, ever the same.” ~ Unknown
  • Poem by Robert Swanson

    Posted on 8/9/09 - by Megan Swanson
    Look God, I have never spoken to you.
    But now - I want to say, 'How do you do?'

    You see, God, they told me you didn't exist,
    And like a fool, I believed all this.

    Last night from a shell hole, I saw your sky,
    I figured then they had told me a lie.

    Had I taken the time to see the things you made,
    I'd have known they weren't calling a spade a spade.

    I wonder, God, if you shake my hand,
    Somehow I feel you'll understand.

    Funny I had come to see this hellish place,
    Before I had time to see your face.

    Well, I guess there isn't much more to say,
    But, I'm sure glad, God, I met you today.

    I guess the zero hour will soon be here,
    But I'm not afraid, since I know you are near.

    What's that? I hear a shot. Well, God, I'll have to go.
    I like you lots, this I want you to know.

    Look now this will be a horrible fight,
    Who knows I may be at Your door tonight.

    Though I wasn't friendly to you before,
    I wonder God, If You'd wait at Your door.

    Look, I'm crying. Me. Shedding tears,
    I wish I had known you for all these many years.

    Well, I have to go now. Goodbye,
    Strange since I met You, I'm not afraid to die.

    Written By:
    Bobby Swanson
    October 1965
    'Happy Valley' Vietnam
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 11/28/05 - by Bob Ross
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

    Mary Frye – 1932

  • Thank you PFC Swanson

    Posted on 10/27/03 - by Donald Lytle
    Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Robert Edwin Swanson, for your courageous and valiant serice, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!

    Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

    Again, thank you PFC Robert Edwin Swanson, for a job well done!


  • A great honor

    Posted on 10/26/03 - by Drew Bunting
    Hello, my name is DrewBunting. I am a senior at Gridley High School. As part of my school assignment, I am writing this remembrance.

    Many consider the act of dying for one’s own country a great honor, but what you did surpasses this for you gave up your life for a country and a way of life that was not your own.
  • Once upon a time...

    Posted on 10/26/03 - by Christy Stoller
    Once upon a time there was a horrible war. Many fought, and many died. Now those who remain are left to look back and appreciate those brave souls. They fought for what they believed in and died heros. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, Robert. Your efforts were not in vain. Your selfless actions have earned my respect and the gratitude of a whole nation. God bless you. You will be remembered forever. (Posted as a project of Gridley High School, IL.)
  • Thank You

    Posted on 10/26/03 - by Dylan Punke
    Dear Robert,
    I am a student from Gridley High School located in Gridley, IL. We are posting remembrances for a class project and to honor those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
    I would like to thank you for the sacrifice that you gave for the betterment of all mankind. I am indebted to you for this sacrifice that you gave, for you protected me and millions of other people. You were unselfish and you are more than deserving of respect from all those that you fought for. Thank you for your bravery. You were a fine soldier.

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