ROBERT W FORBUSH JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 19E, LINE 25 OF THE WALL

ROBERT WALDRON FORBUSH JR

WALL NAME

ROBERT W FORBUSH JR

PANEL / LINE

19E/25

DATE OF BIRTH

02/05/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/03/1967

HOME OF RECORD

ROCHESTER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Monroe County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT WALDRON FORBUSH JR
POSTED ON 5.2.2003
POSTED BY: Larry Baxter

I Still Remember Bobby

I also grew up in Brighton, attended Brighton M.S. and H.S. and played Little League baseball with "Bobby." (that's how I first knew him)Though it has been 36 years, I still retain vivid memories of Bobby as a stand-out hitter and talented catcher for rival Central Trust. His dad, Bob Sr. was his coach. Bob was strikingly handsome, blond and cocky with a bold sense of humor...I recall laughing at his somewhat insensitive impersonation of our General Science teacher in 9th grade, Mr. Masuda, shortly before he left. Over a year later the "grapevine" was Bob and close friend, Donny Young, another Brighton student, enlisted together as 91B's. This was unusual in mid-1960's upper middle class Brighton where 90% plus went on to college after graduation. 1967 was also amidst the era of Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley and the nightly network news with fresh film footage from Vietnam complete with casualty updates. We were all becoming hardened to the deaths of anonymous GI's so it caused quite a stir when Bob died. I sadly remember the day, late in my senior year, his younger sister, Kitty, was summoned to the main office to learn of Bob's demise.It was a watershed day for BHS. The war was real. Donny came back; Bobby didn't.

Addendum: I empathize with Bob. I graduated from Brighton High soon after his death, went on to graduate from college, landed my first job.....and then enlisted in the Army probably for some of the same reasons Bob did. I had to get away and the Army was right there. However, by 1972 Vietnam was winding down and, as I learned from the older NCO's, the way not to go to Vietnam was to volunteer because it put you on a waiting list with thousands of other GI's. Ironic?
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POSTED ON 11.29.2001
POSTED BY: Bruce R. Blackburn

A chilldhood friend rediscovered

I grew up with Bob in Brighton New York. He was always helping me be better at sports, but I did not have his gift. He was my one childhood friend who never let me down. I left the Rochester area in 1965 to attend school. I have always wondered what happened to Bob and his family: Father Robert Sr. Mother Ginny, and sisters Mari & Kitty. This site answers one of those questions - thanks. Bob was always in the back of my mind to surface on our birthays and at other times when an event or experience would trigger a memory. God Bless Pal. - Bruce
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POSTED ON 4.28.2000
POSTED BY: Robert Fisher
I knew Bob as a classmate at Lakemont Academy in upstate NY in 1966.
We were not even close friends, but he has persisted in my memory all these years.
A gifted athelete from a wealthy family who quit high school and joined the army at a time of emotional turmoil. I remember him telling me just before he left school, "I'm sick of taking orders I'm joining the army." One year later he was was dead. Just a young kid who ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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