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Robert Elton Petschke Jr.

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  2/15/48
Birth Place:  Springfield, MA
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Protestant
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
Father's Name:  Robert E. Petschke
Mother's Name:  Edythe E. (Lowe) Petschke
Sibling Names:   
Marital Status:  Married
Wife's Name:  Colette (Bourbonnais) Petschke
Offspring Names:  Donna Marie Petschke
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 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 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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