Fallen Hero: GY Sgt. Robert Gilbert, Jr, USMC

The letter sat on the dresser for four years.

Robert Gilbert never opened it. He only touched the envelope when he needed to dust around it. He wanted to give it back to his son unopened.


Every time his Marine son was deployed, his son would ask, "You still got my letter?"

His dad never wanted to read what was inside an envelope marked: "Dad, open this if I am wounded. Love, Robert."



The call to open it came March 8.


Black Five: The Hardest Goodbye

Soldiers' Angels Germany: Dear Dad

Regina Brett/Plain Dealer: A Father's Promise, A Son's Sacrifice

 Requiescat in Pace, Marine


This Nation Will Remain The Land Of The Free
Only So Long As It Is The Home Of The Brave
- Elmer Davis

 

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