Robert Francis McManusCorporal
C CO, 4TH BN, 47TH INFANTRY, 9 INF DIV
Army of the United States
30 January 1947 - 12 August 1968
Wayne, New Jersey
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My name is Gary McManus and my brother Robert was killed in Viet Nam on August 12, 1968. I think that all of the United States should always not only remember but be constantly be reminded of the hell that my brother and all of these men went through. We should be always be reminded of the loss that we as family went through.
I know that when my brother was killed my life changed forever. It was like I lost my will to live. My family was so close before Bobby went to war and now we have completely fallen apart over the years. I have a picture of my brother in the jungle with the saw grass and the sweat hanging on my wall and it is a constant wake up call to the hell of war.
I miss him so much.
May God bless you and all who served in Viet Nam.
I was much too young to even know my brother Robert yet all my life I was constantly reminded of his presence.
Mom would cry all the time, my brother Phil wore the same shirt (the only article of clothing he had that belonged to Robert) all the time. I believe he wore it until it fell from his back.
Our home was not a home but simply "a house".
I remember my brother Phil telling me once that I was so unlucky. "You never had the chance to know mom because after Bobby died, she changed. Then all was lost."
Dad took me under his wing and spoiled me rotten. Boy, was that the wrong thing to do. I would have rather been alone and unspoiled than to have gone through what I did as a kid!
The family had been torn apart since Bobby died and now I do not see my family any more because all is simply "lost forever".
God bless all the men who lost their lives during the Vietnam war and any other horrifying war. God bless their families, aunts, uncles, children, brothers and sisters.
And let us all be thankful that these men gave their lives for something, anything they believed in. For each of our beliefs are of different value.
Kisses in the wind to all...
From his sister,
A Note from The Virtual WallC Company, 4/47th Infantry, lost six men on 12 August 1968:
The following text is taken from the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial site:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 09 Jan 1999
Last updated 08/10/2009