Germain Racing to Honor CPL Robert "Bobby" Steele on the GEICO Military Camaro ZL1 at Char
Corporal Robert “Bobby” Steele served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He tragically lost his life on August 28, 1967, in a rocket mortar attack of his hootch as he slept after changing shifts to help a fellow soldier while stationed in the Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. He paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting for the freedoms that citizens of the United States of America enjoy today.
An honorable serviceman, CPL Steele received the following honors and commendations before and after his passing.
Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Vietnam Campaign Medals
Recognition on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
With a place on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, family, friends and U.S. citizens that want to show appreciation for CPL Steele's service have the opportunity to leave comments and memories on his digital memorial page.
“Bob and I worked together in the same electrical shop. We spent the day together driving around in Danang looking for charcoal as our group was planning a beach cookout the next day. The night of the attack, he and I sat outside his tent and talked until late in the night. He was always upbeat and positive about life. Bob will forever be in my thoughts.”
- SGT Billy V. Womble, Fellow Marine
“It seems like yesterday we waved to you from the back of the train as it traveled on to the west. You choose the train so you could see more of the country before you left. You lived so much in your short life and always enjoyed taking on more than anyone I have ever known. You always said you had a lot to accomplish before you left earth. You were my big brother and my hero forever.”
- Rebecca McMillan, Sister
“Although we never met personally, I want to thank you for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours! Your Spirit is alive and strong. Therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!”
- Donald Lyttle, U.S. Citizen
“I was not a ‘best buddy’ of Bob, just a guy who knew him and worked with him. But, I think about him all the time, and I've never forgotten his name or what he looked like. He was a good man, and he is remembered.”
- Ed Ballance, Fellow Marine