ROBERT J HESS
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HONORED ON PANEL 50E, LINE 36 OF THE WALL

ROBERT JAY HESS

WALL NAME

ROBERT J HESS

PANEL / LINE

50E/36

DATE OF BIRTH

07/16/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/18/1968

HOME OF RECORD

SACRAMENTO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Sacramento County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT JAY HESS
POSTED ON 10.19.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from your friend Nick Piacentini is moving and reflects his admiration and respect for you. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us….
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POSTED ON 5.31.2021
POSTED BY: Nick Piacentini Jr.

You Are Never Forgotten Bob Hess!

Brother Bob,
It has now been 53 years since that tragic day you drowned trying to save one of your fellow Soldiers in Thua Thien, South Viet Nam.
I remember the day we said good-by to each other in Sacramento, CA. just before you headed to Basic Training. I still have the last letter you wrote to me when I was playing baseball at Sacramento City College. I remember the news of your dying. I remember being a pall bearer at your funeral. I remember the tremendous loss we (all of your best friends and High School & American Legion baseball teammates) felt that day as we laid you to rest--and still feel today. We love you brother Bob! And we all hope & pray for the day we will see you in heaven! May your soul rest in peace! And my your soul and the soul of all the faithful departed--rest in peace--Amen.
Your friend and teammate,
Nick Piacentini, Jr.
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) (Retired)
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POSTED ON 9.28.2020

Ground Casualty

PFC Reginald Williams Jr. and PFC Robert J. Hess served with D Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. On April 18, 1968, their unit was conducting combat operations in Thua Thien Province, RVN, where they attempted a stream crossing. Both soldiers became distressed after encountering trouble moving through the water. A third infantryman, PFC Thomas M. Holcombe, tried to save the two drowning men when he nearly drowned himself. Both Williams and Hess died in the incident; their bodies were recovered. Holcombe was retrieved alive from the water and was admitted to a military hospital in critical condition. He expired three days later from aspiration pneumonitis. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 7.25.2020
POSTED BY: Gary Smith

Friends

I served with Bob in the 101st MP Company, he was a friend and a fine young soldier. He and his friend Tom Holcombe volunteered for the infantry and tragically they both died the same day after Bob went under during a river crossing in I Corps and Tom tried to rescue him.
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POSTED ON 3.27.2020
POSTED BY: Ron Long

Remembering Your Service and Sacrifice

This wreath was presented and displayed in your honor at the 101st Airborne Division Monument at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day 2019.
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