Robert Patrick McCormick was born on December 31, 1941, in West Grove, Chester County.
Robert began his tour of duty in Vietnam on February 20, 1968. He was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.
PFC Robert Patrick McCormick was killed in action on May 5, 1968 in Phuoc Yen, South Vietnam. He is buried at Mt Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas.
The following is an excerpt from a letter home by Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.
We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:
Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul .... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.