ROBERT M KIKKERT
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 78 OF THE WALL

ROBERT MERRILL KIKKERT

WALL NAME

ROBERT M KIKKERT

PANEL / LINE

1W/78

DATE OF BIRTH

01/22/1954

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/01/1972

HOME OF RECORD

MUNSTER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lake County

STATE

IN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

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LEFT FOR ROBERT MERRILL KIKKERT
POSTED ON 2.25.2012
POSTED BY: Jim and Tom Reece and Rosa KIng

Salute to a Fellow Veteran

You gave your life for your country and for this we Salute You.
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POSTED ON 8.24.2006
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

NEVER FORGOTTEN



We Remember

For those who died so close to us
And ne'er returned to love at home
To those whom most knew but a bit
But live with us forever more.

In memory of
the 20 of us who died
on October 1, 1972.

On this date, at about 01:00 while on a support mission off the coast of Vietnam, an explosion that tore through the center barrel of Gun Turret #2, killed 20 of our shipmates. Some died in the explosion, others died of smoke inhalation. An eight inch projectile jammed inside the center barrel as it was being fired. The powder casing behind the projectile fired inside the barrel, causing an explosion which had no place to go but into the gunner's compartment. Smoke quickly spread throughout the ship putting many of us at risk. Most of the ships company survived but at least 20 did not.

Below is a list our shipmates who were killed in the explosion. Click on a name to open a memorial page for that shipmate.

SA Herman Carol Acker
SN Jack Stephen Bergman, Jr.
BM3 William Clark, JR
GMG3 Charles Wayne Clinard
SA Ronald Paul Daley
SR Raymond Rance Davis
SN Terry Wayne Deal
SN Joseph Grisafi
SA William Harrison, III
GMG2 Tommy Hawker
SA Robert Kikkert
SN Edward McEleney, JR
SA Robert Moore
SA Stanley Pilot, JR
SN Ralph Robinson
GMG1 Wesley Rose
SA Richy Rucker
SA Jeffery Scheller
SN David Lee Scott
SA Richard Tessman
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POSTED ON 10.24.2005
POSTED BY: Bob Ross

Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Frye – 1932

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POSTED ON 4.24.2003
POSTED BY: Donald Lytle

Thank you Mate

Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Robert Merrill Kikkert, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and most holy sacrifice, given to this great country of ours!

Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

Again, thank you Mate, for a job well done!

FAIR WINDS, AND ETERNAL PEACE MY FRIEND


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POSTED ON 11.13.1999
POSTED BY: Penny

We met by a click of the mouse

I do not know you. I clicked on your name accidentally. Then I saw that we were born in the same year. You would have been 45 years old now. With tears in my eyes I type this to a stranger. Words cannot express how I feel about you and all the other brave men and women who gave their all. I will never forget you!
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