In Memory of Roger D. Tomlin lost to Agent Orange in 2010.
In loving memory of my father, Roger D. Tomlin, of Fayetteville, WV.
My father passed away on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2010 within the Hospice Unit at Beckley VA, Beckley, WV. After battling over 10 years with many complications related to Agent Orange.
He voluntarily served during the Vietnam War in the United States Army. While serving he was stationed in Vietnam, Germany, & then finished his active duty back in the states at Ft Dix. He earned rank as a Sergeant & was a mechanic in rate.
Growing up, he seldomly would go in great detail with any of his “war stories”, but I always could see the hurt in his eyes from what he was saving us children from. It wasn’t until I, myself, had joined the military that he began sharing more information. I had always been a daddy’s girl, but once learning just a very small (still censored) version of the horrific events our military had endured during that war, I grew even more love & respect for my father & all the Vietnam Vets.
It saddens me to know that our hero’s, so young & unaware, went to a foreign country for us to aid our allies, to only come home so hurt emotionally & physically, to a country turned to hate & disgusting mannerism. I hope any remaining living Vietnam Vets can be given their far long overdue respect & appreciation before they leave this earthly pain & suffering. I know that my children will be raised to understand the meaning of freedom, honor, & dedication