In Memory

Bob Van Patten

Bob Van Patten

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04/05/11 09:00 PM #1    

Philip Shecter

 Bob and I were best friends from first grade until he was killed in Viet Nam trying to check on a fellow officer shot in a clearing.  He was a true friend; someone you could always count on.  In high school he starred in the play " Our Town".  

09/15/11 02:21 PM #2    

Douglas Hall

I first met Bob in senior English. Each day at lunch, he, a couple of other guys (can't remember who though), and I would hang out on the senior lawn at lunch. It was during those times that they taught me to appreciate and love the quick quip and to find the humor in just about anything.

I was stationed in Japan when I was in the Navy and our only source of news was the Stars And Stripes. Each day, I'd read through the lists they published of those killed in Vietnam and to my dismay, one day I found a Lt. Robert Van Patten from San Carlos. I hoped that it couldn't be him, but I also knew that the chances of it being anyone other than Bob was slim to non-existent... Very disheartening. That was I began to dislike war as a solution.

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