Our Patriot’s Journey


Dear Brian and Mary,

I am a Vietnam Vet. I returned from the war in ’68 and after leaving active service in early 1970 joined the NC ARNG as a part of the 30th Infantry Division – the predecessor to Robert’s Unit – the 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

I now work with your friend Carol here at the SC SBDC at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. Some months ago Carol gave me one of Robert’s cards and I recognized the “Old Hickory” patch I used to wear on the sleeve of my uniform.

My wife and I recently took a pilgrimage trip to Italy with a group from our Church – The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Charlotte. In addition to visiting the usual attractions in Rome, we spent a day in Assisi at the Basilicas of Saint Francis and Saint Clare.

I thought there would be no more appropriate place to leave Robert’s card than the Basilica of St. Francis. I left the card on a prayer bench close to Francis’ Tomb. I was hoping to get a picture of the card there but even though photography is allowed at St. Peter’s in the Vatican and other Holy sites in Rome, the Franciscans do not allow it there due to the precious antiquities in the Basilica. But I am attaching some pictures of the outside. It is a lovely and tranquil place.

May the Love and Peace of Christ be with you both.

Best wishes,





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Statue of St. Francis of Assisi


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