Robert James SandersSpecialist Four
C CO, 2ND BN, 503RD INFANTRY, 173 ABN BDE
Army of the United States
11 September 1948 - 19 November 1967
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Robert James Sanders was killed at the young age of nineteen while serving his country. I decided on this special tribute to him because he came from the neighborhood where I grew up in Philadelphia. Athough I did not know this boy personally, he was the brother of my sister's best friend.
I remember visiting his house one day with my sister and I recall seeing a picture of him on their stereo in his uniform. I cannot remember the date of that incident, so he may have already been killed in the Vietnam War by that time.
I wonder if he died before that day. I don't even know. Even those of us who did not lose a family member to the Vietnam War, have a memory or two that comes to mind whenever we think back to the turbulent decade of the 1960's.
From a friend's sister,
A Note from The Virtual Wall
Robert Sanders died in the bitter fighting for Hill 875. Two Medals of Honor, three Distinguished Service Crosses, and numerous Silver and Bronze Stars were awarded the men who fought there between 19 and 23 November 1967 - but at least 127 Americans died there as well, with hundreds more wounded.
A summary of the battle and a listing of the men who died
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 16 Feb 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009