Robert John MercerFirst Lieutenant
C CO, 3RD BN, 12TH INFANTRY, 4 INF DIV
Army of the United States
14 August 1944 - 30 August 1968
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The database page for Robert John Mercer
Rest in peace, Bobby.
From a second cousin.
Bobby ... I will never forget your voice that I heard in my headsets. You doing your best to protect your men. To call in for more firepower and more reinforcements. I believe the RTO had been shot along with most of the first two drops ... and the NVA were in the bunkers, and dug in all around Firebase 19. I watched as the fast movers dumped ordnance on the perimeter to hold off the NVA ... and gun ships that were making runs on that hill. It was my first battle. In 15 minutes, I came in with the 3rd helicopter with more troops and we were shot down as we lifted off. That day is burned into my mind. I was a door gunner on #264.
Welcome Home, Bobby! You were a good soldier ... I lift my glass high each time I think of you. See you on the other side, Buddy!
I last heard from Bob Mercer, an OCS classmate, after I arrived in Vietnam. He sent me a C-ration cardboard note, written in pencil as he sat in his fighting hole at night with a poncho over his head so the penlight between his teeth would not give off any light. He enclosed some North Vietnamese money that his troops took off a paymaster who was part of a patrol the Americans topped. the M-1 A-1 Mercer, as his friends called him, said he was having the time of his life with his hoods up along the border.
A couple of weeks later, John McLaughlin, another OCS classmate, showed me a copy of Stars and Stripes that had Bob's name as a KIA that week. We were both shocked and saddened, as the three of us were buds at Fort Benning.
Bob was the quintessential soldier and I am flattered to know him. His etched name from the Vietnam memorial, along with Vic Mika's, another OCS classmate, is framed on the wall in my house.
From an OCS classmate,
From The Virtual Wall:
A Note from The Virtual WallC Company, 3/12th Infantry, lost seven men on 30 Aug 1968 during an engagement at Firebase 19 (Hill 1258) about 4 kilometers southwest of Ben Het, Kontum Province:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 22 Jun 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009