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ROBERT ALLAN SZPONDER


is honored on Panel 8W, Line 67 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Missing You

    Posted on 9/26/16 - by Darlene Bernard
    Missing you more than ever.
    Your sister, Sandy, joined you and your mom earlier this year; and my son took me to see your dad July 30 - he's 98! Be proud of him - he's alert and smart as ever! But I can tell, he misses you all very much
    Love forever, 'Dar'
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  • Just a hello

    Posted on 7/29/16 - by Michael Maffei USMC 1974-'76 mm1829@aol.com
    I can tell you were a pretty special kind of guy Robert.Looking at what has been written here brings tears to my eyes.God Bless you and May God ALWAYS hold you for you were taken much too young like so many others and I can see that you were about to come home when you made the ultimate sacrifice.And may God Bless the loved ones you left behind.I salute you Sir xo
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  • Happy Valentine's Day, My Love

    Posted on 2/14/16 - by Darlene Bernard
    You were once my one companion
    You were all that mattered
    Wishing you were somehow here again
    Wishing you were somehow near
    Sometimes it seemed if I just dreamed
    Somehow you would be here

    Wishing I could hear your voice again
    Knowing that I never would
    Dreaming of you won't help me to do
    All that you dreamed I could
    So I went on
    Having the boys we dreamed of
    Raising them to your bar
    Knowing they would go far

    But now I’m here
    Wishing you near
    And hearing you say ‘good night’
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  • HAPPY GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - December 25, 1965 ~ 1:00 P.M.

    Posted on 12/25/15 - by Darlene Bernard
    People that knew you know exactly how you were when you had your mind set on something; and when you planned something, your plans were precise – sometimes to the second, when it came to timing. That’s part of the many things I love about you! Fifty “Golden Years” ago, today, you planned the best memorable day of our lives. Maybe your folks had the original recording? Today’s world will remember it from George Harrison’s 1987 version of “Got My Mind Set On You”. On December 25, 1965, there was a knock on my door. As I opened the door, I glanced at the big clock in the living room. It was exactly 1:00 PM when I opened the door, gave Billy Purdue a “Merry Christmas” hug and had your smiling face lock eyes with mine over his shoulder. The rest is a history that warms my heart every day. Sometimes you’d show up with a plan, sometimes we’d conspire one together. In the personal effects your dad gave me, there’s a letter from A. Berson that read “Silverman used to tell me you always loved Darlene. Richie told me that, too.” How special that was to have confirmation of that so many years after Vietnam. No doubt, you planned that too!
    HAPPY GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY! Love, Dar
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  • HAPPY GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - December 25, 1965 ~ 1:00 P.M.

    Posted on 12/25/15 - by Darlene Bernard
    People that knew you know exactly how you were when you had your mind set on something; and when you planned something, your plans were precise – sometimes to the second, when it came to timing. That’s part of the many things I love about you! Fifty “Golden Years” ago, today, you planned the best memorable day of our lives. Maybe your folks had the original recording? Today’s world will remember it from George Harrison’s 1987 version of “Got My Mind Set On You”. On December 25, 1965, there was a knock on my door. As I opened the door, I glanced at the big clock in the living room. It was exactly 1:00 PM when I opened the door, gave Billy Purdue a “Merry Christmas” hug and had your smiling face lock eyes with mine over his shoulder. The rest is a history that warms my heart every day. Sometimes you’d show up with a plan, sometimes we’d conspire one together. In the personal effects your dad gave me, there’s a letter from A. Berson that read “Silverman used to tell me you always loved Darlene. Richie told me that, too.” How special that was to have confirmation of that so many years after Vietnam. No doubt, you planned that too!
    HAPPY GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY! Love, Dar
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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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