Robert John Wade

Staff Sergeant, U. S. Marine Corps


A Company
1st Battalion
9th Marines

3rd Marine Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: February 25, 1967
Buried at: 
Awards: Purple Heart

ROBERT J. WADE born on May 3, 1939. A native of Philadelphia, Robert J. Wade attended John Paul Jones Junior High School and worked at a clothing plant prior to enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1956. 

During his time in the service of his country, Robert J. Wade attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He spent time on assignment in Hawaii. While doing so he gained a love of water sports and took up surfing and scuba diving. He enjoyed dancing. Staff Sergeant Wade also was also stationed in Spain, Puerto Rico and the Philippines during his career as a Marine. In Vietnam, he was a platoon sergeant with Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. 

Sergeant Wade was killed in action on February 25, 1967, in Thua Thien Province after being lured into a Viet Cong booby trap. He was survived by his wife and daughter, and two sisters. Robert J. Wade's home of record at the time of his death was Startford, New Jersey

is honored on Panel 15E Line 092 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

This Hero Is my father. I was 2 years old when my father ws killed in the war, but my mother (Callie) never let me forget him or his face. I look just like him. I miss my father so dearly, but he died for me and you. I thank God for his fellow platoon buddies because my father's body was brought home to have a proper burial. I thank you for loving my father. I also swim and dive just as he liked too. Daddy Robert I love you and I will see you in heaven. Your Daughter, Victoria Wade

Victoria Wade
I Miss You Dad
Jan 19, 2009

Robert J. Wade was "a recruiting poster Marine," recalled a younger sister. He attended John Paul Jones Junior High School and worked at a clothing plant before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1956. While stationed in Hawaii, Wade discovered water sports, and took up surfing and scuba diving. He loved dancing as well. "When he came home on leave, he taught me all the new Latin dance steps he had learned on visits to Spain, Puerto Rico, and the Philippine Islands," the sister said. "He was everything a big brother was supposed to be." In letters from Vietnam, Wade confided he was as concerned about morale as he was for the physical safety of his men. His dream was to leave Vietnam and upon retirement, build his own home in Pennsylvania. The 27-year-old staff sergeant was a platoon sergeant in Company A of the 1st battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. Wade died on February 25, 1967, in Thua Thien Province after being lured into a Viet Cong booby trap. In addition to his two sisters, he was survived by his wife and a daughter. Robert lived on Ridge Avenue in North Philadelphia. Source: The Philadelphia Daily News

Although his HOMETOWN is listed as Stratford, NJ, he is claimed as one of Philadelphia's fallen sons. His name appears on the Philadelphia Viet Nam Veterans Memorial "Wall."

Jim McIlhenney
Native Philadelphian & Marine
Sunday, December 28, 2003


- The Title -

"It cannot be inherited. Nor can it ever be purchased. You and no one alive can buy it for any price. It is impossible to rent and it cannot be lent. You alone and our own have earned it with your sweat, blood and lives. You own it forever, The Title "UNITED STATES MARINE". Semper Fi!

Viet-Nam Veteran 05/11/68 to 06/01/69
Pottsville, Pa
Tuesday, December 17, 2002