Robert Clark Dawson

 
Service - US Army, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry, America Division
Rank - Staff Sergeant
Born - 5 June 1947
Died - 18 June 1970, Quang Tin, Vietnam - KIA
Buried - Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, Highway 50, Garner, NC
Awards - Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal
Township - St. Mary’s, Garner, NC

SSG Dawson was single and 23 years old at his death. He is honored on Panel 09W, Row 063 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. http://www.vvmf.org/index.cfm?SectionID=110


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THE FOLLOWING IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY of SSG ROBERT C. DAWSON, KILLED IN ACTION 18 JUNE, 1970 CHU LAI, VIETNAM
Written in 1982, after attending the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some stay for a while and leave memories on our
Hearts and we are never, ever the same.
Bob Dawson was more than a soldier in a strange land –
He was my friend.

VIETNAM ONCE AGAIN
By Sgt. Dudley Farquhar
Americal Division

Was it really that long ago?
They called us the Flower Generation,
Children of the 60’s, the Beatles,
Hula Hoops ad Woo-Woo Ginsburg.
But along came Vietnam
To shatter our private worlds.
They sent us to Basic Training,
To learn about “Mr. Charles”.
We were young, and it seemed exciting,
But why don’t the faces go away?
We left our American Bandstand world,
But America wasn’t behind us.
We fought the gallant fight,
But weren’t allowed to win.
Some of us were lucky: we came back.
The POW/MIA’s can’t say the same.
The media did a job on us,
A portrayal that wasn’t fair.
The drug addicts and baby killers came home,
And we lived with Calley’s mistake.
For years we hid in our closet world,
And hoped America would come around.
We watch the “Hot Spots” with vivid reality,
Knowing it could happen once again.
The war is over, but the battle lingers on,
So Washington erected “THE WALL”.
Names on top of names,
But one meant so much to me –
DAWSON
To most everyone, just a name among thousands,
But to his platoon, he was the best.
He gave his life for his men.
Six letters on a wall, no thank you.
Words don’t tell the story.
VIETNAM
The Hurt Lives On.

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