Robert Allen Griffin

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
07 November 1949 - 04 July 1969
San Antonio, Texas
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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20 Nov 2006

Bobby was raised in a home for boys. From what I understand he was literally left on the door-step at Boysville in San Antonio, Texas. We went to the same high school in a small town northeast of San Antonio. He graduated a year before I did. He quickly joined the Marine Corps and was sent to Viet Nam as a rifleman after I.T.R. He died on the 4th of July in 1969. He was the first and only casualty of that war from our school. We remained unscathed for a few more years. More of us ended up in Viet Nam.

I remember when you came to school in your Marine uniform. Man, you looked sharp. We only spoke a few words. Regrets?, many. Had I known. We should have said more. You were like a shadow that was there for a brief moment.

From time to time others will try to bring that part of history back. They attempt to speak as if they know all about it. I only nod. They were not there.

My friend, you are always with us. At the football games when they play the National Anthem, at fiesta when the Marines march by. We are a big military family here. The names of our fallen are always invoked.

Semper Fi, my friend.

Tony E. Guerrero, former Sgt. USMC
H&S 3/4, 3rd MARDIV
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

From the 2/1 Command Chronology:
04 July - 0655 - Company G detonated a 60mm mortar round rigged as a surprise firing device at AT970553 resulting in one USMC KIA, four USMC WIA (evac), and 1 WIA (non-evac).

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a high school friend and fellow Marine,
Tony E Guerrero
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 20 Nov 2006
Last updated 11/28/2006