Robert Charles PedaFirst Lieutenant
A TRP, 1ST SQDN, 9TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
30 October 1938 - 07 April 1968
Kingston, New York
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My uncle was always our hero, and that was before the war. He was the family favorite, the most likable person you could ever want to meet, young, good looking, and personable.
I remember sitting on his lap, laughing as he tickled me. I remember his smile. I thought he was the coolest grownup, and now I realize he was an incredibly charming kid.
I remember him in the Navy. I remember him in the Army, and then in the paratroopers. My clearest memories are finding out that he was going to Vietnam. We all cried. I knew he wasn't coming back.
I remember the day we found out he wouldn't be. There was a huge hole in our family that would never be filled. That day brought the realities of the war into our lives, and things have been different since then. It was a much poorer world without Uncle Bob.
He died a hero, trying to save his men from a burning helicopter. That's the type of person he was. His wife a widow, his children fatherless.
As the years have gone on, all in my family take great pride in his accomplishments, not just the hero we lost in tne war but the hero we had before the war. He missed out on so much life.
We miss you, Uncle Bob, and we will always remember and love you.
A great man.
Robert C. Peda
First Lieutenant, Army of the United States
A Note from The Virtual WallTwo men of A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, died when their OH-13S helicopter (hull number 63-13681) was shot down near the Lang Vei Special Forces camp in Thua Thien Province: 1LT Robert Charles Peda, pilot, and SFC Otto William See, observer. The Citation for 1LT Peda's Distinguished Service Cross describes the circumstances:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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