Our Patriot’s Journey



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Stephanie Necessary --

What an incredible testimony and memorial to the ultimate sacrifice. My 7 year old son found one of Robert's pictures this past week (I've just emailed you the details and picture). Thank you for sharing Robert with the world and giving my children the opportunity to take Robert to a place that is special to them.



CK, New York, NY --

I was given Robert's card at Royal Gorge, CO, in July and carried it as we traveled afterward to Michigan and Indiana and then home to New York. This week I took the card to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City and placed it among the many remembrances in St. Paul's Chapel. I felt honored to do so, to place him among the "fallen but not forgotten."



Mary Massey, Conway, SC --

Our Creative Writing teacher found your son's picture on a park bench. We all read your son's story to our classes. It is a wonderful legacy of love and patriotism that you are sharing with others and I am very respectful of it. God Bless you.



Betsey Stookey --

Thank you so much for your service. Freedom is not free. Never forget.



Brian McKenna, Hazelwood, MO --

We were at the Soldier's Memorial in Branson, MO and my wife found your card. We are so proud of all of the soldiers from all of the wars. Please rest assured that we keep them in our thoughts and prayers and thank them for their service.



Keith Wagner, Jacksonville, NC

I was given Roberts photograph on Saturday October 29, 2011 by Mr. Brian Wheat. Mr. Wheat shared with me the story behind the photograph. I have not yet found a place that I want to leave the photograph. I have shared the photo and story with some very special people. I am a Police Officer assigned to a Community Services Division. I teach G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) and D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). I take Roberts photograph with me to my classes and share the story with my students and pass his photo around the class. I leave the email address with the teachers and tell them to feel free to send an email to let Roberts parents know that he was a visitor in their class. I keep Robert with me in my Patrol vehicle, he is my passenger, ride-a-long, and perhaps even my guardian angel... Maybe one ! day I will find that special place to leave his photo, but for now I like the company and his smile always makes things better.

Thanks Mr. and Mrs. Wheat for sharing your son with so many. It is truly amazing how a simple photograph of someone you have never met can mean so much. I will forever remember Robert and think of him always.. God Bless.



Scott Lofton, Social Circle, GA --

I picked up the picture of your son at Fort Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine Florida just before Thanksgiving. Didn't see who placed it outside of the draw bridge of the fort. Being an Army veteran and current Army Reservist I decided it would be an honor to take the picture and place it somewhere else. I haven't placed it yet because I haven't found a suitable place yet but hope too soon.

I never knew Robert but I consider him a brother and respect him for his service and ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

May God bless you Brian, Mary Wheat and family.


(Photo also received via email:)


Fort Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, FL


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 !!!

Semper Fi

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

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