ROBERT A GRIFFIN
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HONORED ON PANEL 21W, LINE 59 OF THE WALL

ROBERT ALLEN GRIFFIN

WALL NAME

ROBERT A GRIFFIN

PANEL / LINE

21W/59

DATE OF BIRTH

11/07/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/04/1969

HOME OF RECORD

SAN ANTONIO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Bexar County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT ALLEN GRIFFIN
POSTED ON 10.23.2000
POSTED BY: T. GUERRERO (H&S 3/4, 3rd Mar Div)

You are not forgotten

I remember the last day I saw you. You came by the school to say goodbye. Little did we know what fate had in store. A year later you had died. It took almost another year before they laid you to rest at Fort Sam National Cemetery. It took the government that long to trace your next of kin. Your elderly father was located in the Texas panhandle, working at a truck stop. The last known whereabouts of your mother, was somewhere in California. Maybe I shouldn't be writing this for all to see, but I feel that they must also know you as a person and not just a name.

There is a plaque honoring you, in the school's admin. building. It is there for all to see and know that this small community paid a high price in the name of Peace.

Lets hope that the sacrifice you made was not in vain.

SEMPER FI


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POSTED ON 7.30.2000
POSTED BY: VIETNAM VETS OF SECOND BATTALION, FIRST MARINES

WE WILL REMEMBER YOU

YOUR BROTHERS OF SECOND BATTALION, FIRST MARINES
HONOR YOUR SERVICE AND YOUR SUPREME SACRIFICE.
YOU ARE ONE OF OUR HEROES.
YOUR COMRADES OF 2/1 HOLD YOU IN THEIR HEARTS
AND MINDS FOREVER.
TAKE YOUR WARRIOR'S REST FOR A DUTY WELL DONE.
SEMPER FI, MARINE !
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POSTED ON 5.31.1999
POSTED BY: Michael F. Blankenstein

I remember you Bobby

Bobby and I went to school together at Judson High School in Converse, Texas. We graduated in 1968. Bobby was from Boysville and I was from Kirby. We were not close friends since in those days neither of us had cars and we lived in opposite directions. We knew each other at school though and were a lot alike. Neither of us were very popular nor did we play on the school teams that would make us well known and liked. We both did well in school and were picked on as outsiders. Bobby was always called "mouse". He was more quiet than I. We both liked poetry a lot. After graduation, Bobby joined the Marines and I did a couple of years of college before joining the Air Force. I did not learn till years later that he had been killed.

At the only class renunion that I ever went to long after Viet Nam was over, when Bobby's name was read, the thing that I remember was a smart assed remark that Mark Pace -- class president and cool guy -- made about Bobby being called mouse and reading poetry.

I served my country and lived to tell about it. Bobby didn't. I have seen and touched his name on the wall. It makes me cry even now, so many years later.

For a long time I hated the peace movement hippies that spit on us coming back from Viet Nam. Only latter did I come to realize that they had a major influence on Richard Nixon ending our lame occupation of South Viet Nam. I still don't like the way we were treated, but I do appreciate the part that they played.

My wife, daughter, and I attended Memorial Day Service at the Blue Bonnet Memorial Park in Colleyville, Texas this morning. They find my feelings hard to understand. I don't. It's part of the baggage one accumulates in life.

It concerns me that our Commander in Chief (Bill Clinton) is an adulterous draft dodger and many of our current generation of leaders do not know the price of freedom.

I remember you Bobby...

Michael F. Blankenstein
USAF, 1970-1974
Hurst, Texas
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