Heroes Among Us: Warren Robinson

Heroes Among Us: Warren Robinson
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He remembers his first day in Vietnam clearly: February 23, 1969. (Source: WALB)
He remembers his first day in Vietnam clearly: February 23, 1969. (Source: WALB)
Robinson received two bronze medals. (Source: WALB)
Robinson received two bronze medals. (Source: WALB)
He has now sold several hundred copies of his book, "Remembering Vietnam: A Veteran's Story." (Source: WALB)
He has now sold several hundred copies of his book, "Remembering Vietnam: A Veteran's Story." (Source: WALB)

LENOX, GA (WALB) - WALB and Montlick and Associates would like to recognize the Heroes Among Us.

Each month, we will spotlight an active duty man or woman, a veteran, or a fallen hero whose service to our country goes beyond the battleground.

Vietnam veteran Warren Robinson, of Lenox, mostly kept his war stories to himself.

That is, until last year.

He decided to write them down in a book, and that book is changing lives.

For a young Robinson, fighting for his country was not an obligation.

"Every night, the war was on the news," Robinson recounted of the late 1960s.

In his early 20s, he decided to teach math rather than face the draft.

But, it didn't take long for that decision to change.

"I began to feel very guilty that I was not part of that, of my generation, and that I needed to be," explained Robinson.

After one year of teaching, Robinson volunteered to go to war.

He went through more than half a year of training.

"And then, we got orders that we would be reassigned to duty in Vietnam," Robinson said. "There are two dates that most veterans can tell you. That is the date they arrived and the date they left."

He remembers his first day in Vietnam clearly: February 23, 1969.

One of the first things he saw when he stepped off the plane came as a shock.

"(The building) had a sign over the door that said 'Graves Registration.' And, out in front of the building, was a little trailer that had six aluminum coffins," Robinson described.

At that point, Robinson said he knew his life was in danger.

However, he described the bond between himself and his fellow soldiers that helped get him through.

"It's a small group of men that eat together, live together, sleep together, sometimes, we even died together," said Robinson.

In the decades following his service in Vietnam, Robinson moved on with his life in South Georgia, eventually serving as President of the Bank of Lenox. He kept his war stories to himself.

"We kind of knew not to ask about it," described Robinson's daughter, Michelle Hyde. "He kept the medals for a long time in a drawer in their bedroom."

Robinson's wife continued, however, to urge him to simply write the stories down.

He did.

He has now sold several hundred copies of "Remembering Vietnam: A Veteran's Story."

"Memories started coming back that you push to the background and then they start coming up again," Robinson said. "It just got to be a project that I had to finish."

His daughter said the book opened their eyes to what this soldier went through, and she believes it helps open the eyes of others who buy the book as well.

"I'm glad that it's been able to help other veterans and their families, even the families of veterans that don't talk about their service," Hyde said. "It kind of opens up their eyes to what their family member went through."

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