Dear Mrs. Green:
I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of your husband, Major Robert P. Green.
I know at this time of bereavement words alone cannot provide solace; however, you can be justly proud of your husband's service to his country. He contributed directly to maintaining the freedom our country supports throughout the world.
Mrs. Johnson joins me in sending our heartfelt sympathy in this hour of grief.
The following excerpt is from a message sent on May 31, 1968.
I DEEPLY REGRET TO CONFIRM THAT YOUR HUSBAND MAJOR ROBERT P GREEN USMC DIED 28 MAY 1968 IN THE VICINITY OF QUANG NAM, REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM. HE SUSTAINED FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS TO THE HEAD AND BODY WHEN THE VEHICLE HE WAS RIDING IN DETONATED A HOSTILE MINE WHILE ON A ROUTINE RUN. HIS MOTHER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED.
...I WISH TO ASSURE YOU OF EVERY POSSIBLE ASSISTANCE AND TO EXTEND THE HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES OF THE MARINE CORPS IN YOUR BEREAVEMENT.
F CHAPMAN JR GENERAL USMC
On May 2, 2008, just 26 days shy of the 40th anniversary of Major Green's death, Dr. Walter Schlech recalled "clearly the day Major Green was killed. He was visiting one of the 105 batteries near Hill 41, outside Danang where we were based post-Khe Sanh, and his jeep hit a mine." Dr. Schlech was then a Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class assigned to Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion/13th Marines, with Major Green.
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