Robert Lewis (Hillbilly)

Rank:

Cpl

MOS:

Year(s) in Nam:

67/68

Unit:

Delta 1/5

Contact Info Available?:

No

Status:

Died 03/26/14

Tell me about the time you found out you're going to Vietnam up to the time you left for Vietnam.

I enlisted in the Marines on January 6, 1967 to serve my country. My uncle was a marine in WWI and he used to always tell me stories of a great man whose name is Sgt. York. I looked up to Sgt. York, he was a great solder from area and inspired me to be a great patriot also. I also met a SgtMajor while in training, we talked, he was real nice, a marine's marine who I also met again later in the bush with the rest of us.

Tell me something about your time in Vietnam.

I was assigned with D 2/11 but attached to delta 1/5 while in Vietnam. There where lots of mistakes made in and with this war, there was a lot of pain, a lot of hurting people. I recall one incident where I walked past some guys that where unloading a shipment of mortar rounds when for some reason one of the mortars blew up. Four or more guys where killed. I learned quickly that we all have to help each other and I am thankful for those hardened marines that took me under their wing and taught me, that out here, you cried before becoming a man.

Tell me about your first few days back in the USA

I could go 24 hours a day with out stopping. People didn't know how to talk to me,. and I didn't know how to talk to them. They were in a different world than I was. They move too slow. Their brains thinking another way. I could do three things to there one. In Nam you were always keyed up 

Tell me about you today, and how Vietnam has influenced what you do and how you live today..

I could never return to the days before Nam. My life will never will be the same. To see marines give their lives for their marine brothers. Those marines live on forever inside of me. There is no love greater than the love of a marine for his marine brothers. My life is much better now and I have a home. Thanks to Q and all his hard work

Give me a 1 or 2 liner about anything you want to say.

You read what all these marines say with their hearts, not just their minds. What they say comes from the heart. Just love them and don't judge them. They were there for you .You be there for them. If they would have thrown a little party for them, maybe they wouldn't have been so upset. I'm so proud of these marines, they are our heroes! God bless every last one of them AMEN

I wanted to let you know on March 26 at 8:38 am my Dad passed away. He went the way he would have wanted to go. A little over a month ago a neighbor had a grass fire that was coming towards the houses so my Dad went to help. His health was not good, but that didn't matter. In the course of helping he lost his footing and fell down an embankment and rolled directly into the fire. He was burned on roughly 30% of his body (arms, hands, legs and feet). When they took him in for surgery to do the grafts the incubation was very traumatic as he had a very narrow esophagus. He was in the hospital a few weeks when his left lung collapsed due to an infection and because of his narrowed esophagus he was given 50/50 chance of surviving another surgery and if he survived would most likely never mentally come out of it and would have to go to a nursing home the rest of his life. My Dad said to my Mom take me home to be with my babies (kids, grandkids and his dogs and cat). We got him home at 2 am March 24th. He was full of life and made sure each of us knew how much he loved us. We had two beautiful days with him while he sat in his chair looking out over his property. One thing that happened every night was he would be up and down and agitated all night including the last night a poem came into my head "Do not go gently into that good night. Rage rage against the dying of the light." After reading some of my Dads military papers the Vietcong attacked each night and it seemed to stay with him as long as he could make it to the morning he would be OK. Sao even that last night he raged against the dying of the light until dawns light then he let go winked and smiled and went peacefully into that light.
His daughter..Tamera (aka Buzz)
Gernaat

Robert Lewis R.I.P. Robert Lewis R.I.P. Robert Lewis R.I.P. Robert Lewis R.I.P. Robert Lewis R.I.P.

 

 

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