THE SPRINGFIELD 50 PROJECT
Robert Elton Petschke Jr.
School Attended: Brightwood School, Springfield, MA School Start Date: 9/9/53 School Attended: Chestnut Street Junior High School, Springfield, MA School Start Date: 9/7/60 School Attended: Classical Junior High School, Springfield, MA School Start Date: 9/6/61 School Attended: High School of Commerce, Springfield, MA School Start Date: 9/9/64 High School Diploma: Yes Diploma Year: 1967 Selective Service Data: SSS Local Board Number: 83 SSS Local Board Location: Springfield, MA SSS Registration Date: 2/18/66 SSS Registrant Description: 5' 7"/214 pounds/brown hair/hazel eyes Military Service Record: Entry Date: 8/8/67 Entry Mode: Enlistment Entry Location: Springfield, MA Home Of Record: Springfield, MA Military Branch: Navy Military Component: Regular Rank: Hospital Corpsman Third Class Rank Abbrev: HM3 Pay Grade: E4 MOS: HM3 MOS Title: Hospital Corpsman Awards Received: Unavailable Length Of Service: 1 year
Southeast Asia Tour Data: Date Tour Commenced: 1/16/69 Major Command: 3rd Marine Division Sub Command 1: 9th Marines Sub Command 2: Headquarters and Service Company Base Location: Vandegrift Combat Base Army Campaign Number: 9th Army Campaign Name: Counteroffensive, Phase VI
Casualty Data: Casualty Date: 2/27/69 Casualty Age: 21 Casualty Data 1: Hostile Casualty Data 2: Ground Casualty Casualty Data 3: Gun, Small Arms Fire Casualty Province: Quang Tri Province Casualty Country: South Vietnam Located In Or Near: 25 miles SE Vandegrift Combat Base Body: Recovered Burial/Memorial: Burial Location: Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Springfield, MA Burial Plot Location: 1023-Oak Garden Of Bronze-GR:3 Burial Date: 3/12/69
Consigned Funeral Home: Curran Jones Funeral Home, West Springfield, MA Escort Name: HM3 Russell Cornwell, USN
(Russ and Bob Petschke were best friends, and served together at Quonset Point, RI) Springfield 50 Casualty Order: 31st Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number: 31W Line Number: 83
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