Robert Dale Buswell
Petty Officer Third Class
H&S CO, 1ST BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV, III MAF
United States Navy
Willamina, Oregon
January 29, 1949 to July 26, 1969
ROBERT D BUSWELL is on the Wall at Panel W20, Line 47

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Robert D Buswell
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31 May 2003

Bobby, after all these years, I finally saw the traveling Wall. Your name is there with thousands of others. I thought I wouldn't have a problem seeing it there, but I was definitely wrong. After all this time it was like when they first told me you were gone all over again. I am so sorry you are not here to see everyone, but I imagine you can still see them a lot better than I know.

We all miss you so much, your brothers, Mom, and all of us cousins and classmates. We know you're so much better off than we are, but wonder if it was really so necessary for any of you to go at all.

Always know that we miss you and love you, and will see you soon in Christ's arms.

From his cousin and classmate,
Linda Dent
Email address is not available

 
18 Aug 2007

Bobby, I think of you off and on, even after all of these years. I remember you giving me a suck of your sucker during a football game, I was so embarrased and proud to be noticed by an upper classman. I remember your smile, the way your eyes crinkled.

To be remembered by a smile is what we should all hope for.
I think of you and I smile...

From a friend,
Patty Stevens
pstevens60201@yahoo.com

 
"You guys are the Marine's doctors -
There's none better in the business than a Navy Corpsman ..."
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Robert's brother Russell P. Buswell is asking for anyone who may wish to discuss his brother's Vietnam service or served with Robert and wishing to reach the family, can do so by writing rbuswell63@msn.com or calling him at 503 931-7808

Russell has done 'tons of research' on his brother's Vietnam service and have heard from many people who knew or worked with him and/or were in the same area as him.


PFC Buswell began his tour in Vietnam on June 3, 1969 and 53 days later, while performing flank security for road mine sweeping, an enemy anti-personnel booby trap was detonated. He died as a result of his 'missle' type wounds from the explosion.

Also killed in the same event was PFC Robert Wendell Fletcher, USMC, Lorain Ohio. Their platoon was performing that flank security mission about 6 miles Northeast of An Hoa Combat Base in Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam.

Petty Officer Third Class Buswell was survived by his parents, Patsy Jane and Robert Weymouth Buswell, Willamina, Oregon. He was also survived by several brothers. He is buried in Greencrest Memorial Park, Sheridan, Oregon.


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