Robert Nelson Newman

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
26 May 1949 - 11 May 1969
Odessa, TX
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Robert N Newman

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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06 Jan 2004

I didn't know Robert very well. I remember he was a sophomore when I was a senior. He was just one of the many. When I started to attempt to gather a picture for the casualities of my hometown who were killed in Vietnam, I suddenly remembered these people when a picture was placed with a name.

My hometown had about 50,000 people during the Vietnam years. We had 45 official casualities in which Odessa was listed as the home of record. Our county memorial has some 60 names of casualities. Many lived in Odessa at one time or another. It was an oil field town and people moved in and moved out with the price of oil.

I am 56 years old, now. I am a veteran of Vietnam. I served there in February of 1968 through February of 1969. I have no illusions, I have no more tears, all I have is my memories and the void of so many lost lives and the emptiness that they could never realize their dreams. That is the same with my war, as it was with those who fought in every other war for our Country.

He is remembered by the
Odessa High School Class of 1967

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Kilo 3/5 Marines lost 8 men on 11 May 1969:
  • SSG Ervin J. Emrick, St Louis, MO
  • LCPL Robert M. Fuentes, Bartlett, TX
  • LCPL Michael W. Green, Hayward, CA
  • PFC Stephen R. Lopeman, Port Townsend, WA
  • PFC Patrick R. Mc Clure, Racine, WI
  • PFC Robert N. Newman, Odessa, TX
  • PFC Robert B. Starkes, Glen Allen, VA
  • PVT Samuel B. Schwartz, Philadelphia, PA

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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