A Vietnam War Vet and His Story

By | October 29, 2020

[October 29, 2020]  Today’s article has a bit of a treat for my readers.  I added a new tab on my leadership website called VIETNAM VET QUOTES.  I’m starting this tab about an honorable man.  His name is Robert “Bob” Reilly, U.S. Army 1968-1970, veterans’ advocate, and pupil of music.  He is married and has three children and seven grandchildren. This is his Vietnam War story.

Bob completed a one-year tour in Vietnam with an artillery battalion.  His unit, 6th/33rd Artillery, fired over 400,000 105mm rounds supporting Allied Forces in the I Corps area of operations located in the Ashau Valley and on the Demilitarized Zone.  In 2016, he was diagnosed with PTSD, an insidious mental disease that can be highly debilitating.  Today, Bob is challenged with PTSD and has set about to overcome it.

From 2016-2019, Bob has had and taken advantage of many opportunities to reach out and support his veteran brothers and sisters as well as others in need of love and compassion.  Much help has been extended to the “Joe Griffies Welcome Home Show” 1,2 team and the Edison High School Alumni Association, and the Edison family community.

Since Bob retired from this civilian career working in pharmaceuticals, food, and consumer industries, he has focused on veterans and music.  Music is one of those human creations that can change us, and scientists don’t yet know why.  Music can motivate, inspire, teach, and it always tells a story.

Bob Reilly and Joe Mangold have a must-listen-to song out called “Come Home My Vietnam Vets.”  I’ve not been able to upload it yet.  One day, I’ll figure it out.  In the meantime, you can find the song on Vimeo3 (click on this link).  The song pays tribute, gratitude, and respect to honor and thank all U.S. military veterans and their families, especially those who served during the Vietnam War.

I want to say THANK YOU and WELCOME HOME to all our Vietnam War veterans.  Remember, honor, and respect our men and women who served during the war.  Thank them all.  We are teaching the next generation to respect all our military services.

Go to my blog’s tab feature to read his quotes or just click this link.

In future articles, I’ll have more Vietnam War stories, music, and book reviews.  Telling our history is a must if we want to remain good people.

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  1. https://www.theleadermaker.com/welcome-home-veterans-radio-show/
  2. https://www.facebook.com/Welcome-Home-Veterans-Radio-WIBG-1020-AM-WIBG-1013-FM-373732922786898/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vimeo
Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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26 thoughts on “A Vietnam War Vet and His Story

  1. Marc Gaut

    Our Vietnam Vets were treated terribly. It shows how depraved so many Americans can be when they become progressives/ leftists.

  2. Linux Man

    Another on-target article by Gen. Satterfield, this time about our Vietnam Vets and one in particular that shows us the struggles and victories of being a Vietnam Vet. 😊

    1. Deplorable John

      Yes, and this is just another reason so many of us are long-time readers of this leadership blog. You can interact with some really smart folks without criticism but real, old-fashioned help if you need to think thru something important.

  3. Doug Smith

    Mr. Reilly and our other Vietnam War vets are my heroes.

  4. William DeSanto

    Others have said it, but I’ll say it again …… POWERFUL. Thank you and thank you Bob Reilly.

  5. Bob Reilly

    My e mail response to General Satterfield when he advised me that my quotes were posted on his Blog today:

    “General,
    Humbled, I almost said humiliated.

    Be sure that although the experiences are mine, the words are His, and the messages are His, for His intended audience.

    “His favor on me this day is brighter than the sun”- Robert “Bob” Reilly

    “God Is With Us This Day!”- Last words of Father Vincent Robert Capadanno, USMC Chaplain

    Robert “Bob” Reilly

    https://www.theleadermaker.com/a-vietnam-war-vet-and-his-story/

    1. ARay Pittman

      You are our kind of hero, Bob Reilly. All the best to you and your family.

      1. Taylor S.

        Bob, thanks for what you did in the Marines in Vietnam and every day sense.

  6. Tracey Brockman

    Bob Reilly must be a really great guy!
    I found this quote of his that struck a chord in my head also.
    “44. Day 50 ( 4/30/20) in my hunker bunker I awoke amazingly with this song playing in my head: “Top Of The World” Karen Carpenter” —- one of my favorite songs.

  7. Karl J.

    Powerful commentary. Thanks Gen. Satterfield for sharing this and for the new addition to your website. I read all 77 “quotes.” While all the quotes are powerful, IMHO, this one stands out for me, personally. No. 8. “If you take 5 strokes to complete a hole in golf and you report a 4, you have no integrity. If you have no integrity, nothing else that you have matters.” Integrity matters, the traitors of the US like Benedict Arnold have no integrity. They have broken the most basic rule of humanity – don’t betray us. Thank You also Bob Reilly.

    1. Dennis Mathes

      In 1988, sixteen years after denouncing American soldiers as war criminals and tortured POWs as possessed of overactive imaginations, Fonda met with Vietnam veterans to apologize for her actions. It’s interesting to note that this nationally-televised apology (during which she attempted to minimize her actions by characterizing them as “thoughtless and careless”) came at a time when New England vets were successfully disrupting a film project she was working on. It’s also interesting that not only was this apology delivered sixteen years after the fact, but it has not been offered again since.

      1. Stacey Borden

        Excellent point, Dennis M. Thanks. The US Marines are always first in my mind and I thank God for people like Robert “Bob” Reilly and others that stand on the front lines for our freedom.

  8. Willie Shrumburger

    I like this new direction and the tab with 77 quotes. I haven’t finished reading them yet but I can say, so far, I am struggling with this man – Bob Reilly – and hope that he finds peace.

  9. Max Foster

    Every time I read something about the Vietnam War and what went on with our corrupt politicians and traitorous Hollywood nutjobs, I think of Hanoi Jane Fonda and her ilk. Traitors don’t need to be shot any more, even if it does make me smile when I think of it. It is best to “see” for ourselves the deep evil that circulates thru the veins of evil people like Jane Fonda and others like her. Every time she apologizes and excuses her own behavior is a good day for all because we can see evil for what it is.

    1. Bryan Z. Lee

      Excellent points Max and thanks. We should get ourselves spun up to start sending Jane Fonda special cards that have TRAITOR written on it. Oh, but for the Hollywood types (and their supporters) that would likely be a sign of courage. 👀

  10. Greg Heyman

    77 Quotes. Nicely done. Well, “nicely” is not really the word I’m looking at to describe it…. maybe the word should be “awesome”….I’m still not satisfied with the right word but I think most of us who read the whole 77 quotes will know what I mean. Maybe not one word….

    1. Bill Sanders, Jr.

      Unsettling, insightful, depressing, inspiring, respectful…… I too am struggling to get the right words but it doesn’t hurt to try. Well done, Gen. Satterfield and I must say that Robert “Bob” Reilly must be a truly good man. His struggles are something to sit back and say “wow”.

      1. Tom Bushmaster

        Good description. This article also is the beginning of another chapter in the life of Gen. Satterfield’s blog. I always knew he had a special respect for our Vietnam War vets. Now he is taking the blog in a direction (within a new format) that is beneficial to us all.

  11. Randy Goodman

    I’m impressed. Great story to read in the new tab on your blog, Gen. Satterfield. Thanks.

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