• Branch: Navy
  • Hometown/City: CHELSEA, MI
  • Date of Birth: 08-09-1948
  • Date of Death: 11-16-1969
  • Conflict: Vietnam
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  • Bob, if you can hear me now, I want you to know that I have never forgotten you. That evening of November 16, 1969 has never left my memory. You had done your tour and was on the way home very soon. Only God knows why you had to go out one more time as a replacement for a sick sailor ON MY BOAT! Why didn't you replace the sick sailor on his boat? Instead I replaced the sick sailor on his boat. You took my gun position on my boat in my flack jacket and took the rocket and machine gun hits! Why! Why! Why! I have asked myself that question for the past 45 years! Why you then and not me? I will forever remember you and I will see you one day and we can discuss it. Maybe by then, God will have explained it to us.

    Barry Bedster, Fellow War Fighter