Bobby Gene FarmerSpecialist Four
D CO, 1ST BN, 502ND INFANTRY, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
02 August 1948 - 10 July 1969
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The database page for Bobby Gene Farmer
Bobby was as brave a man that was ever born. I don't know what medals he receieved, but I do know he saved a lot of lives that day. Ambushed and pinned down, Bobby went over a wall where small arms fire was coming from firing his weapon, and allowing us to take cover. He was killed almost immediately. His actions allowed us to move up instead of back. The ensuing mortar attack fell behind us instead of directly on us, thus avoiding many more casualties. I was slightly wounded and flew out the next day with Bobby's body. As the chopper blades revved up, the poncho covering his body flew open and I saw his face. It is something I will never forget. His family can be very proud of him. He was a special man.
Bobby loved football and was one helluva player. We played some games on Firebase Lash, and he scored every time he got his hands on the ball. That's all I have for now.
26 May 2006
Bobby, just thinking about you on this Memorial Day weekend. Thanks for everything you did for me. Rest in peace, my friend. Bob
28 May 2007
Bobby, I'm thinking about you this Memorial Day weekend. I went to the Wall last November to pay my respects to you, David Collins, Gary Evans, Leroy Rutherford, and a hometown friend who didn't make it home.
I got rubbings for you and David. I tried to find some relatives of yours in Monroe, but was unsucessful. Rest in peace, my friend.
From a brother in arms,
July 10th 1969 Bobby Farmer lost his life. It was my 21st birthday, a day I can never forget. Bobby, you and I were best friends for a short period of time in our young lives. We stayed up together on each other's guard duty to lessen the fear, shorten the nights. We shared the same "hooch" during the monsoons, burning bits of C-4 to keep warm. We were friends, you black, me white. "It didn't mean nothin'". I still have a picture of your girlfriend Hazel from back in Monroe, Georgia. You and I danced on the bunker at Firebase T Bone to Proud Mary and Crystal Blue Persuasion. I'm so sorry you didn't get to come home. To have the joys of marriage, children and fast cars. I'm now almost 60 years old. It seems like yesterday that you died. I miss you Bobby. I'm glad you were a part of my life... Alan Pope.."Florida"
From a friend,
22 May 2008
Bobby, on this Memorial Day almost 38 years have gone by since you gave "ALL", and we miss you. I've recently been in contact with Wooldridge, Doc Roskey, and I'm trying to find more. We will never forget that day July 10 1969. Thank you for serving your country so gallantly and thanks for being a friend. We all died a little that day.
Brothers in Arms,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 1st Bn, 502nd History contains the following:
"10 Jul - A Co found 1 MIA KIA from 8 July vic BS042999. B Co employed organic weapons, Arty, and ARA against an unknown size enemy element vic BT049003 with negative assessment. 1st Platoon B Co accounted for 1 NVA POW vic BT049003. D Co made contact with an enemy element which employed S/A, grenades and 60mm mortar resulting in 1 US KIA, 5 US WIA."The actions described took place on Route 531 a few kilometers northeast of the mountain village of Hau Duc. Specialist Farmer was the soldier killed in the Delta 1/502 contact.
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a brother in arms,
Robert T. Wooldridge
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 12 Jun 2005
Last updated 06/15/2008