Robert George Kijowski

Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States
29 August 1944 - 19 April 1969
Dayton, Ohio
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Robert George Kijowski

21 Dec 2003

Bob was a member of North Catholic High School Class of 1962. I was a classmate of Bob's during ninth grade in 1958-1959. After graduation Bob moved to Dayton, Ohio. I never saw him after 1962. I was with Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 13th Artillery, in April, 1969 at Phu Loi when I discovered Bob's name on a casualty list. The next week I was assigned to A Battery, the unit Bob served with at the time of his death in a mortar attack. There are Strange Rivers connecting us all. Rest in Peace, Bob. I always talk about you at the North Catholic Class of 1962 Reunions.

From a High School Classmate and Unit veteran,
William E. Novakovic

17 Jun 2004

Bob Kijowski left Pittsburgh to attend the University of Dayton (UD). He was my little brother in our local fraternity, Phi Beta Alpha, and was just an incredibly wonderful individual. He was always smiling and never hesitated to help anyone in need. He truly personified the statement "Hale Fellow Well Met." We always had a good time kidding each other about high school, as he attended North Catholic and I went to South Catholic, both of which were in Pittsburgh. He graduated from UD in 1966 and enlisted in the Army in 1967. The day before he shipped out, I had lunch with him and his former girlfriend and her mother, in their quarters on Wright-Patterson AFB. Her father was an Air Force Major General but Bob never asked for any special treatment when he received his draft notice.

Bob's parents took his loss very hard, as he was their only child. The funeral was at St. Theresa's Church on Route 19. It is no longer a church but is now called the Great Hall and is used for receptions. Bob is buried in a very small cemetery that is across the street from the former church and behind the funeral home. Every time I visit Pittsburgh, I make it a point to visit his grave and say a few prayers. While Bob is not with us physically, he will never be forgotten by many of us.

From a fraternity Brother and friend,
Phillip F. Wiethorn

07 Aug 2005

Bob and I were members of Phi Beta Alpha Fraternity at the University of Dayton and served in Vietnam during the same time, he in the southern part of the country and I in the upper part. In fact I had arranged to see him in Bien Hoa the week he was killed. That's how I found out I had lost a great friend and Brother, I called down to him at his unit to make final arrangements to get together and was told he had died. A great friend and man died that day. I will miss him but not forget him.

From a college friend and fraternity Brother,
George Batten
Primrose Cir, Siloam Springs, Ar 72761

18 Aug 2005

I went all the way through grade school (St. Teresa's - class of 1958), high school (North Catholic - class of 1962) and college (University of Dayton - class of 1966) with Bob. And I was Bob's fraternity brother (Phi Beta Alpha). I was a pallbearer for Bob at his funeral. I'll tell you the kind of person Bob was. The week before he shipped out, he he came to Dayton from Pittsburgh. He asked my mother if she wanted to ride along so she could visit me and my sister who lived in Dayton at that time.

After his funeral we went to Bob's parents' house. I have never been in such an emotionally charged atmosphere as that. No one knew what to say to his parents, and they didn't know what to say to us.

There are lots of reasons to be sad about losing Bob. His sense of humor, his drive, his willingness to pitch-in, his work ethic, his leadership, his attitude.

The soldier who accompanied his body was with him when they were attacked and Bob was killed. Although we didn't want to hear it, he told us the details.

Bob's paper route ended at my house, which is where mine started. So every day from 6th grade to 8th grade, Bob and I would meet at my house. Freshman year at North Catholic, Bob was the fastest runner of anyone trying out for football. He was an excellent baseball player. Senior year at North, Bob and I both had 1956 Chevy 4-door sedans. We would alternate driving to school. He would drive one week and I would drive the other. His Chevy was black and white and mine was green and white.

From a friend and fraternity brother,
Jim Savage
11288 Hanover Road Cincinnati, Oh 45240-3035

28 Dec 2006

I was assigned to the same unit as Bob, Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 13th Artillery. We were also part of the famed 'Jungle Battery', which consisted of three 155mmm howitzers from the 197th Artillery and three howitzers of Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 13th Artillery. The combined unit, called Battery D, 2nd Battalion, 13th Artillery (the 'Jungle Battery') provided support to the Special Forces which compiled intelligence on enemy troop movements along the Cambodian border and into South Vietnam. Bob and I spent nearly a year together dealing with the daily struggles of life in Vietnam and combat. He was a good guy, very quiet and he kept to himself during his tour. Like the rest of us he just wanted to go home. I left Vietnam the last week of March 1969, just several weeks before his death from a mortar attack. I found out about his death from a fellow Artilleryman and friend in our Unit who wrote me a letter after my return home. It has been 38 years since Bob died for our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice. I still remember him and my fellow soldier friends I served with as if it were just last week. I am one of the lucky Artillerymen of the 'Jungle Battery' who returned home and I now have beautiful grandchildren to hold and love. Some, like Bob, and many others from our Unit were not that lucky. I will never forget Bob and my time in Vietnam with him.

From a fellow artilleryman who served with Bob in Vietnam,
Spc Eugene R. Myers (ret)

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 19 April 1969 mortar attack on the "Jungle Battery's" position cost the lives of two men:
  • HHB, 3rd Bn, 197th Artillery:
  • A Btry, 2nd Bn, 13th Artillery:
    • SSG Robert G. Kijowski, Dayton, OH
As noted above, the "Jungle Battery" consisted of 155mm howitzers from 3/197 Arty and 105mm howitzers from 2/13 Arty. Captain Labonte was a New Hampshire National Guardsman activated with the 3/197; Staff Sergeant Kijowski was a "shake-and-bake" draftee sergeant with 2/13. Both men served, both men died in that service, and both men deserve to be remembered.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a High School Classmate and Unit veteran,
William E. Novakovic

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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 Dec 2003
Last updated 03/14/2007