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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


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