Lance Corporal Robert Lee Shaffer was born on May 12, 1948, and was originally from Elizabethton, Tennessee. He served his country in the Vietnam War in the United States Marine Corps, as a combat engineer in C Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. His tour began on July 30, 1967. On February 2, 1968, LCpl. Shaffer was at a compound on the Cam Lo river in Quang Tri province, that was attacked by mortar bombardments from North Vietnamese troops; he was one of at least 11 American troops killed in the fighting. He was 19 years old at the time of his death. He buried in the Pierce Cemetery located in a section of Elizabethton, TN called “Dogtown”. LCpl. Shaffer is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 36E, Line 86.
The following is an online tribute left for LCpl. Shaffer:
You are my brother. I miss you and I want to thank you for paying the ultimate price for the freedom I take for granted. I can barely remember you. You have been gone so long. I know Mom was not happy until she was once again reunited with you in Heaven. Daddy is still missing you. I remember the morning you left home for Vietnam and I remember the smile you gave me as I stood in at the window watching you leave. I did not know I would never see you again. Had I known this I would have kissed you one last time. But I was only 5 and couldn’t understand the tears in Mom’s eyes I guess I thought you would be back later that day. But anyway my brother, I miss you and I love you. I know that someday we will be together again and I can give you that kiss. Thank you for all that you have done for this country.
Monday, September 25, 2000
Photo courtesy; Tom Reese