Robert C McDowell (Mac)

Rank:

Cpl

MOS:

Year(s) in Nam:

68/69

Unit:

Delta 1/5

Contact Info Available?:

No

Status:

Self Employed

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

When I found that I was going to VN I told my mom not to worry. I took
myself to the bus station and went. No fanfare no farewells. It is what I
wanted more than anything. To go to combat.

Tell me something about your time in Vietnam.

I recall the other Marines, the rain, the mud, the terror. I also recall the exhilaration of the fire fights, the feeling of euphoria after surviving a really bad one. I remember Lt. Webb as a leader, I remember Lt. Chip Pilkington dyeing and crying when it happened, asking the skipper to let me have a couple of days in the rear that I was burned up, he said no. I was close to Chip.

Tell me about your first few days back in the USA

My first few days back from VN were pretty lousy. Nobody wanted to talk to me, nobody said much. I missed the guys from the company, I missed the excitement, I couldn't sleep well, still don't. The "world" stunk, still does.

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

Today I am a self employed business owner. Happily married to the women of my life, three children, 2 girls, 1 boy, five grandchildren, 4 boys 1 girl. My oldest daughter was in the USMC for 11 years and is married to a Marine E9. We own a large gun shop, and a 245 acre training facility for both law enforcement and citizen training in the use of firearms and other equipment. I am also a conservation officer with the state of PA. The influence VN had over me is both positive and negative. I find I don't like to be around people who are not driven to success, people who think the government owes them, or worse, that because I and my wife are successful we owe them. They should quit feeling sorry for themselves and get a life, if they can't, go hang themselves from the nearest tree and help the gene pool. On the positive side I learned the true meaning of friendship, devotion, dedication, honor. I also learned that we have the best country, the best form of government, !
and the very best people on the face of the earth right here in the USA. Although we must never stop fighting to rid our government of the people who prostitute and pervert our constitution. Beyond that, I live well and happy with my God, wife, family and small circle of friends. I Praise God and thank him for bringing me home intact.

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

We should all be proud of what we did in the name of our country and Corps, although we should not dwell on it we should get on with life. I have met my maker and accepted him, he has given me a fine wife, children, and grandchildren he has provided for me to the point I have no wants, but most important he has given me the mechanism to survive our war both mentally and physically. For all you Marines, both old and young I leave the following quote: "Few men are born brave: many become so through training and the force of discipline." Semper Fi. Mac

 

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