ROBERT E POLKINGHORNE
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HONORED ON PANEL 11E, LINE 128 OF THE WALL

ROBERT ELISH POLKINGHORNE

WALL NAME

ROBERT E POLKINGHORNE

PANEL / LINE

11E/128

DATE OF BIRTH

09/25/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/29/1966

HOME OF RECORD

ISHPEMING

COUNTY OF RECORD

Marquette County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT ELISH POLKINGHORNE
POSTED ON 9.12.2023
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Remember to save for them a place inside of you, and save one backward glance when you are leaving, for the places they can no longer go...
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POSTED ON 5.31.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Robert Polkinghorne, Thank you for your service as an Indirect Fire Infantryman with the 1st Cavalry. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is Memorial Day (yesterday was Decoration Day) when our nation remembers your sacrifice. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 10.14.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Robert Elish Polkinghorne, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 9.14.2012

Clasmate 0f 1964

Bobby and I were classmates--Ishpeming High School Class of 1964. The last time that I talked to Bobby was in Rocky's pool hall in June 1966. I was now a sophomore in a college just 12 miles from where we lived. I had gone down to Rocky's pool hall that evening as it was one of several hang-outs we had. Only Bobby and Rocky were sitting at the front of the pool hall, Bobby was sitting backwards in his chair with his arms on the back of it and talking to Rocky. Bobby's hair was short now and we probably talked about the 'good old days' down at the outdoor ice rink that was made over the tennis courts, juniors and seniors hung out there together--crack the whip, tag and general skating; and the High School dances in the gym etc. The three beige pool tables at the back of the pool hall were timed tables and a couple were being used, the three green tables at the front were 15 cents a game and empty, so I asked Bobby to shoot a few games. After about a dozen games--as Bobby was about to make a shot I finally brought up Vietnam by asking 'why didn't you go to college and put it off for a while?' Bobby without looking at me said:'Aw I just want to get it over with' Bobby took his shot. After a few more games we talked more about everthing but Vietnam. I said good-by and didn't know how long he would be in town and never talked to him again. The end of October came and I heard that he had been killed in Vietnam (October 29,1966). He had been on bunker guard and a sniper had killed him. Bobby came home at the time of a major snow storm, his death made page 2, top of the page in the local newspaper Tuesday November 1, 1966 (2 colomns about one and one half inches). 'Ishpeming Solider killed in Vietnam'--'Polkinghorne had entered the army in February of this year and had been stationed in Viet Nam since July'.



I went to see Bobby at the funeral home. On Saturday November 5th mom and I went to the funeral which started at the Church and ended at the cemetery: the final words were said in the mausoleum. His mother was a wreck and so was my mother--I remember thinking to myself and wanting to say to mom that that wasn't me. I remember my feet were terribly cold in my dress shoes when we left.




Note: On November 3rd, 1966 the paper had printed 'Rites For Nam Victim Set' page 8, on November 4th the paper had printed 'Obituary' the list of the pall bearers on page 9. I went on to finish college and was drafted 1 September 1969.



Doug Windsand

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POSTED ON 11.7.2011
POSTED BY: Tom and Nancy Polkinghorne

Our Brother

Brother of Thomas, William and James, mother Winifred, father Robert. Bobby was an avid ski jumper and excellent draftsman. He graduated from Ishpeming High School in 1964 and was a member of the band, the ski team, and the football team.
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