|Birth: ||May 5, 1950|
|Death: ||Jun. 17, 1969|
Quang Tri, Vietnam
Robert E. Askam Viet War Victim
PFC Robert E. Askam, 19, son of Mrs. Eva A. Powell, wife of Robert Powell, 200 Miami street. was killed in action seven miles north of Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, Tuesday, June 17, according to word received by his mother yesterday from Marine Capt. George A. Ravan, Lima.
PFC Askam received multiple fragment wounds of the body and head from an enemy grenade while on patrol.
A native of Tiffin and a 1968 graduate of Columbian high school, PFC Askam trained at Parris Island and Camp Le Jeune, and was sent to Vietnam shortly before last Christmas. He had been employed by Frosted Foods and by Tiffin Enterprise before entering the Marine Corps. He was born here May 5, 1950.
Surviving are his mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Powell, brothers and sisters, Daniel, of Lebanon, Mo.; Mrs. Joseph (Marlene) Zender, Columbus; Steve, Linda, Jeanne, and Kenneth Askam, all at home; half-sisters and a half-brother. Christine, Diane, Theresa, and Timothy Powell, all at home; and grandmothers, Mrs. Clare Vera, Bascom, and Mrs. Gladys Askam, Tiffin.
The body is to be brought to the Pahl-Nemeth funeral home here, and arrangements for services will be made after time of arrival has been learned. (Tiffin Advertiser Tribune, June 23, 1969)
Robert Eugene Askam
Private First Class
Home of Record: Tiffin, Ohio
Date of birth: Friday, 05/05/1950
Service: Marine Corps (Regular)
Grade at loss: E2
Rank: Private First Class
ID No: 2478936
MOS: 0331 Machine Gunner
LenSvc: Less than one year
Unit: K CO, 3RD BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
Start Tour: Friday, 12/20/1968
Cas Date: Tuesday, 06/17/1969
Age at Loss: 19
Remains: Body recovered
Location: Quang Tri, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, died outright
Reason: Other explosive device - Ground casualty
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Created by: Rodney Young
Record added: Oct 31, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60909402
In honor of my school buddy PFC Robert E. Askam. Semper FiFOREVER YOUNGThrough distant mists of memories,I hear them call my name;Those who served beside me,On a battleground of pain.Nothing left but memories,Of those forever young;Lives that ended sudden...(Read more)|
Added: May. 26, 2014
You and men like you, are the reason we are free today! As a spouse of a NAVY veteran I salute you sir for the sacrifices that you made!|
Added: May. 29, 2013
Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.|
Charles A. Lewis
Added: Jun. 20, 2012
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