Charles Robert Mears

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
10 July 1945 - 16 June 1967
Patterson, California
Panel 21E Line 113


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Charles Robert Mears

23 May 2003

"Bobby" was my ideal growing up in Patterson. He was an Eagle Scout, active in sports and church. I wanted to be just like him ... I still have a picture of him camping when we were in 7th grade. He was an only child ... the apple of his parents' eyes. My prayers are with them now and forever ... Peace.

Michael Nelson

4 Jun 2004

Bobby and I attended school together, we were Scouts together. Classmates that graduated in 63, I'll always remember his zest for life. I often think of you and your sacrifice.

From a friend,
Gerald W. Carlson
1SG US Army (Ret)

29 Dec 2004

It was my honor and privilege to have served in the same platoon as "Chuck" Mears.

Although it's been 37 years I can still visualize his ready smile and guileless ways.

I respected Chuck's humility, quiet confidence, inner-strength, and easy-going manner.

I never met a more trustworthy, dependable man.

God bless all of you, family and friends!

From a fellow Skysoldier,
Gilbert D. Hill

25 Apr 2007

Just found the memorial to Charles Mears. I'm not sure but think that he might be the same kid I worked with in the summer of 1965 with the U.S. Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity National Forest. As I remember, he was at least part-Indian and said his Indian name was "Nasta Adahi" or something close to that. He was an excellent hiker and a real warrior, even at age 19. He taught me axe throwing too. Seems like he was a student at Humboldt State College then, at least part-time. Even though we only worked together on the thinning crew for 3 months and it was over 40 years ago, he was one of the most memorable persons I ever met.

Ron Barager

15 Jul 2007

I remember Bob as unselfish and the ultimate team player. We ran track together at Patterson High. If he wasn't fast enough in the 440 he made sure that his team mates could win the race. I am a Vietnam Veteran and want to say "welcome home" Bob. I have always remembered your kindness.

From a high school friend,
Jimmy Dean Tacosa
8208 Wrenfield Drive

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 23 May 2003
Last updated 08/10/2009