Robert Lee Vaden

United States Marine Corps
02 November 1944 - 14 April 1966
Denver, Colorado
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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23 Jan 2004

Bob, I am sorry I couldn't do more to save you that evening. I miss you so much and someday soon I will see you again. Have a cold one ready.

Your friend,
Doc Mosely

23 Sep 2006

I still remember the day of your death as my orders were to escort your remains home to Denver from Vietnam. You were my courage and hope that got me through my tour. I'll love you always, your loving nephew, "Pudgie".

John L Vaden III

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines Command Chronology for April 1966 contains the following two entries in the summary for 13 April:
"At 131708H [5:08 PM], Co I Platoon (AT977608) received 60 rounds small arms fire from estimated 4-5 VC (AT980599). One USMC KIA. One USMC WIA, med evac. Returned 500 rounds small arms fire, 31 rounds 81mm [mortar], and 36 rounds 105mm [recoilless rifle]. VC casualties unknown."

"At 131856H [6:56 PM], Co I Platoon (AT979601) gathered for briefing on night's activities. Member detonated M165-3 antipersonnel mine. One USMC KIA, 13 USMC WIA (11 medevac)."

The Marine killed in the 1708H incident was LCpl Jose A. Pacheco of Los Angeles, CA. The mine detonation at 1856H resulted in three deaths - one immediate, one later on the 13th, and one Marine died of wounds the following day. They were
  • Sgt Molimau A. Tela, San Pedro, CA;
  • Sgt Robert L. Vaden, Denver, CO (DoW 04/14/1966); and
  • LCpl Alexander J. McGlothlin, New Haven, CT.

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 Jan 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009