The war was ended. Civilian Robert H. McAllister, like many veterans, returned home and began the healing process. He settled in the small town of Massapequa, NY, living at 12 Boston Avenue. Baby-Boomers abounded and in his corner of Massapequa, former Sgt. (and now civilian) Robert H. McAllister was called “Uncle Bob” by the children of the neighborhood. They grew up and some were called to serve during the Viet Nam War. One, Kevin Hurley, was an Army MP stationed in Saigon during the Tet offensive of 1968.
In the early 1970’s Kevin’s sister, Deborah, was wed. The McAllister family attended and in a conversation with former Sgt. McAllister’s son, Hugh, Kevin said that only he and one other person came out of their building alive. Hugh recalled that Kevin told him how during the time they were under siege, he would lay at night and wonder: “What would Uncle Bob do?” The stories of survival McAllister told had made a strong impression on Kevin. He said he believed those stories and the survival strategies he learned, helped him survive. Kevin carried out of the building his sole surviving comrade.
“What would Uncle Bob do?” The stories of a single soldier, one who enlisted because of an insult; who selected the rigors of an enlisted soldier over the relative comforts of a
seafaring officer‘s service, may be the difference between life and death for another; even though they were separated by a generation and served in a very different conflict.
I hope you will support me (and hundreds of World War 2 enthusiasts and volunteers around the world) in challenging American teens across America, who are interested in military history, to participate in the iHistory Project-WW2. We are committed to preserving these great World War 2 stories and memories and to bringing them to life so future generations will understand and appreciate the events of this conflict and how they shaped our world.
For more information, visit the I-History Project-WW2 or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org