G L Puerner, Jersey,Ga --
Words can not express what I feel. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to go through this journey with you.
Cpl. Timothy Chriss Stauffer USMC, Greensboro, GA --
First off God Bless You and thanks. I just met Robert and you in a Christmas card Dec.24,2011.
To many it is just a saying. "All Gave some but some gave All" You and many of us TRULLY know that Freedom is NOT Free.
I served in the Marines from 1979 to 1983. During the Iran Hostage crisis and On Oct. 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon. 241 Marines and others were Killed in the Marine Barracks Bombing by the same Jihadist that took Roberts life, I was NOT repeat Not there that day, I had been discharged in Jan. 1983. For years I carried anger and hatred in me. Nothing was done, America was attacked many times , more families destroyed. I knew it was a matter of time until this country would be attacked and it was on 9/11/2001.
This war is not about politics or policies it is about Good versus EVIL !!!
On Aug 16,2011 we held a celebration for Cpl Dorothy Turner a WWII Marine, her son Dan, myself and Karen who sent me this card had all gone to High School together. I had moved to Texas and had not seen them in over forty years. I had won an award at thirteen Mr. Turner gave me in honor of his son PFC Michael Turner KIA Hue City, Vietnam.
Karen took a picture that day that turned my life around. I knew from this picture that Jesus Christ is the One and Only God. All of the pictures Karen took and a video of the celebration are posted on my Facebook.
Needless to say when Karen sent this card to me I broke down like never before. Your son was taken but I found out I had lost another Brother. Our FIRST Duty is to ALWAYS REMEMBER !!!
Now from this one simple act and being HONORED by Karen wanting me to meet Robert. He will be heading to a dear friend in Louisiana. Debbie lost her brother Cpl Stephen Spencer and her new Brother in Law, Cpl James Silvia on Oct. 23, 1983 in Beirut. Debbie also lost her step-son in the BP explosion !! Debbie and I have only met once in person at the 25th anniversary for "THE PEACKEEPERS" at the Beirut Memorial that I found out on here Robert has already visited. God is awesome!!
You and and I will always be connected personally now. All Praise goes to Jesus Christ My Lord for putting Robert and you in my life. Peace be with you, my new family. Robert will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN and I look forward to meeting Robert, you and God together in his Kingdom !!!
December 25, 2011
I am from Panama City Beach Florida and found this card at a military memorial in a place called Pier Park. It is set off from the traffic and noise of daily life. Very quiet peaceful place. Marble columns with each branch of military and bricks with names of Veterans, some fallen, some still with us. It is a pass through for a trail walk in the park, so we walk it often and stop every time to just take a moment and be proud of these folks and our flag that flies proud above it all. I will send pictures of where we found it and where we leave it. It was in bad shape. The rain had gotten to it. The picture is still good, but the words are hard to read. So I am going to reprint and re-laminate and maybe show him around PCB a bit before deciding where to have a send off with him. We do have beautiful beaches here! And great oysters! Thinking of this wonderful family to have such strength and such a great idea for this! What an inspiration you all are! Thank You.
January 18, 2012