ROBERT N DAVIS
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HONORED ON PANEL 7E, LINE 1 OF THE WALL

ROBERT NELSON DAVIS

WALL NAME

ROBERT N DAVIS

PANEL / LINE

7E/1

DATE OF BIRTH

01/13/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/26/1966

HOME OF RECORD

ALTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Madison County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT NELSON DAVIS
POSTED ON 7.6.2015
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

PFC Robert N. Davis, USMC

Marine Corps Recruit Depot
San Diego, CA
2nd Battalion
Platoon 227

Commenced Training: 27 April 1965
Completed Training: 07 July 1965

SSGT R.R. Jones - Platoon Commander
SSGT L.K. Loo - Drill Instructor
SGT A.C. Straehla - Drill Instructor
SGT D.H. Ware - Drill Instructor

3 other members of Platoon 227 were KIA in Viet Nam.
CPL Edward A. Swonke - Houston, TX
LCPL Richard H. Toma - Honolulu, HI
PFC Herbert A. Warner Jr. - Long Beach, CA

Semper Fidelis, Marine!
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POSTED ON 4.26.2015
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Marine.
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POSTED ON 10.23.2013
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Robert is buried at Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey, Madison County, IL.
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POSTED ON 2.9.2006
POSTED BY: Robert Bruce Haehnel

Bunkie Buddy

I was with Bob when he died. It changed me instantly and forever. He and I were bunkie buddies in Okinawa and foxhole buddies in the war. Most of our conversations have long faded but I remember that he made me laugh. Laughter is important to warriors, and for me, he filled that vital need. Bob was a good man. He would have enjoyed life given the chance, and made good use of it. I think of him all the time. My only child was born on his death day fifteen years later, April 26. I thought of him the first time I saw her face. There hasn't been a special moment in my life that I didn't think of him and the tremendous sacrifice he and his family made. I have tried to live a good life, in part, vicariously in his name and honor.
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POSTED ON 10.25.2005
POSTED BY: Bill Christofferson

Remembering a boot camp buddy

This is a column I wrote on June 30, 1969, for a small Illinois daily newspaper, of which I was the editor. I've resisted the urge to edit it. I visit Bob Davis at the Vietnam Wall every time I am in Washington.

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Bob Davis was so easygoing it was hard to believe he was real.

Even Marine Corps boot camp didn't get him down. His only comment, no matter what ridiculous experience or torture we were undergoing, would be, "I don't believe this."

He was proud to be a Marine. Even had a "USMC" tattooed on his arm. Unlike most, he didn't apologize for it or say he got it when he was drinking.

He couldn't wait to get to Vietnam. After all, that's what he came in the Marine Corps for -- to do his bit, get out and get back to Alton (Ill.) and his girl, Sue.

I was supposed to meet Sue on my next leave, when Bob and I returned Stateside. We didn't know he'd be coming back much sooner than I would -- in a rubber bag.

Robert N. Davis, Jr. became our battalion's first casualty in Vietnam before he ever had a chance to see a Viet Cong. We'd been there for 13 days. It wasn't his fault; someone else stepped on the booby trap while on patrol. But Bob Davis caught the blast.

I remember when the word filtered back to our tent that our unit had its first KIA -- killed in action.

"Who was it?"

"Some guy from Foxtrot Company. Davis, I think, from Illinois."

"You know Davis. He's got a funny accent and big ears that stick out."

Yes, I knew Davis. We'd been together almost a year to the day, since the first day we reported to the recruit depot at San Diego.

So why talk about it now?Because LIFE magazine brought the memory back with its June 27 issue. Did you see it? If you did, you'll have to agree it wasn't too entertaining.

LIFE chose to explore death -- death in the Vietnam war. To go beyond the daily statistics from Vietnam, that all too often now begin to read like the box score of an athletic event, the magazine presented pictures of 242 Americans killed in one week of fighting in Vietnam.

The pictures are printed almost without comment -- just name rank, service, age and hometown under each.

They seem to go on forever -- 11 pages in all.

At the end, LIFE offers a little personal glimpse into the lives of the men behind the pictures. Each one has his own story -- the PFC killed on his 21st birthday, the fiance of a girl who had just bought her own wedding ring, the GI who had considered going AWOL but instead returned to Vietnam.

LIFE didn't try to tell all 242 stories. And that's fine, because there are 35,000 other stories that have never been told -- one for every American who has died in Vietnam.

I happen to know Bob Davis' story, and a couple of dozen others.

But every one is just as important, whether we know them or not. Unfortunately, to most people the daily figures represent the real unknown soldiers. LIFE helped somewhat last week to make the official reports more meaningful.

The week LIFE chose had 242 Bob Davises.

There were about the same number last week.And there will probably be as many next week.

The question is: How many more Bob Davises must there be?

One more is too many.
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