Robert Thomas CallanSpecialist Four
C CO, 101ST AVN BN, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
12 February 1950 - 16 December 1970
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In life, Bobby taught us to laugh, to ride a bike, to play football and how to open Christmas gifts before Christmas without anyone knowing we already saw our gifts. In death, he taught us to be closer to each other, to always be there for each other and to never take any day you're alive for granted. To our best teacher and our only brother - We love you, we miss you and we wonder how much more you would have taught us if you only came home.
I didn't know you, I wasn't alive at the time. I would have been your cousin if you were alive today. My mom has told me stories about you, and learning about your death. The obituary picture is sad because you look so young and hopeful, as a young man should be. It's freaky to think that I'm the same age as you when you died. I couldn't imagine having to fight at 20 years old.
I visited the Memorial, I'm in DC for a special program at American University, and I had to write something. It's foolish, but I feel like I missed out by not being able to meet you and know you as a real family member. It's a shame what war does. God bless what you did. I'll always remember you and your service, even though we never met.
Robert Thomas Callan is remembered by his comrades in the 101st Aviation Battalion,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Apr 2004
Last updated 09/26/2006