such a wise individual one of the smartest guys ive seen. i am 36 years old and this is the kind of an example of man that i look up to! thank u mr. mcnamara for sharing ur thoughts and views on ur decsions u made in ur life as one of our nations best sec. of defense!!!!!! may your wisdom keep inspiring!
To one of the few who would share his reflections, accept his failures, but give hope to others so that we might learn from them
I wonder what he would say and do today on this earth?
Barbara McNamara daughter of Daniel
McNamara Originally from Newfoundland Canada offers condolences.
God Bless Mr.McNamara's family
The McNamaras of Grand Rapids offer condolences
WEEP NOT FOR ME
Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.
Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.
I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.
Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.
Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.
Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.
© Joe Fazio
07/30/09 Dear Margy, I'm so sorry for the loss of your father.I'm sure that in the days to come everyone in the family will be at peace with his passing. God Bless you all.Most sincerely,Marilyn Tobias Weaver
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
My sympathy to the McNamara family.
His service to the United States in war and to the world for helping the starving millions.
Richard O. Bacon, Palos Park, Ill.
Often vilified because of the war, Robert S. McNamara turned out to be a wonderful servant of God...and the world.
Our sympathy to his family.
Richard O. Bacon, Palos Park, Ill.
Be proud of this man. He learned lessons and had the moral fiber to admit when he believed he was wrong. Not very many people could or would do that. I could never do the job he tried so hard to do. God Bless him and may God give his family peace and comfort during this time of grief.
My condolences to The McNamara family.
My God take care your loved one and May you find comfort in your memories of this great man for all he has done for our country I thank him for My freedom that he fought for. Time will heal all and may you find peace in your memories. God Bless
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
God bless you Sir. Msgt Patrick Mooney Ret
My condolences to Mr. MacNamara's family on your loss.
This country will forever be great as long as there are freethinking,
conscientious, and brave men such as your father who are
not afraid to follow the courage in their God given souls.
God bless you Mr. McNamara. You fought a good fight as a man and as a patriot!
May your family be comforted by the thoughts and prayers of strangers and friends alike during this difficult time.
when somebody dies it is very hard to cope with. i have lost people in my family to death to so i know how it feels. i hope that everyone in the family will cope with his death.
There are few great men left to serve our country. Mr. McNamara was one of them and we appreciate him and his honesty. To the family, especially.- - May your memories bring you comfort now and Peace in the days ahead. God bless.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
My condolences McNamara family. Its nice to know that some people want to see a change for the positive and try to make that a reality. Mr. McNamara tried to make things better for others. God promises such a change. Revelation 21:4 says, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you Mrs. McNamara and the entire family. His contributions will never be forgotten. I will always remember how distinguished Secretary McNamara looked in those glasses. May God bless and keep you in his care.
Our country suffers a great loss upon the death of Mr. McNamara. I will always treasure the response he made to a letter I sent him in 2004 after viewing "The Fog of War". What a courageous man he was to admit the choices he made when Secretary of Defense. May he rest in peace.
Rest In Peace Mr McNamara
The World has lost a brilliant mind, the Country has lost a loyal servant, and I will never have the pleasure of sitting and speaking with one of my heroes, Robert McNamara. I know, he knew, and we all know the President is the person who bears the responsibilities of war. Sec. McNamara loyally absorbed that criticism for decades, especially in the case of Kennedy. A man that he clearly loved and showed as he shed tears some 40 years later. Sec. McNamara is one of the few public servants in history to have genuinely expressed sorrow and admitted mistakes in governing. And for that he earned my admiration. Thank you Secretary. Finally you can rest in peace.
It was 1967 and as a 16 yr old visiting New York City for the first time I saw then Secretary McNamara and his lovely wife exiting the theater of a play and he was very gracious, smiled and signed my Playbill, of which I still have today. Thank You for your service to our country and may you Rest in Eternal Peace sir.
My deepest sympathy. Bob and I met when he was President of Ford and a Director of Scott Paper. We spent two hours together that changed my life. He endorsed me to Scotts President for international work. Many years later, as President of Hershey International, Orville Freeman got us together for a two hour chat. I admired Bob greatly. He was brillant, sincere, and dynamic. I will miss his friendship.
McNamara and his documentary "The Fog of War" made me less righteous, less dogmatic... We are so quick to judge, and this man bore the brunt of that judgement without the benefit of understanding of the enormous complexity of that time. The lesson is not that he was wrong, but that he was human, and with nobility and respect for his Presidents, his office, and his country, he carried out his duty even though he himself was conflicted. To ask him to regret his decisions, so painful for so many, is still too simplistic, and he seemed to say as much in his documentary. I am hopeful that his life ultimately was satisfying to him, that he found peace and satisfaction in his life. His contributions after Vietnam are hard to quantify relative to the pain of Vietnam, and thus are too often overlooked as to their impact and benefits to so many. He was an extraordinary human, and I hope that he and his family know that many of us hold him in such high regard.
I am very sorry for your loss
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
WE thank God for the life and work of Robert McNamara. May he rest in peace.
"The Fog of War" was a phenomenal attempt by Robert McNamara to explain how a country at war reacts, it was heartwarming when he spoke of President Kennedy, his family, his career. I send deepest condolences to the family of a man who served our country during a time of need and should be held in hight esteem. May Robert walk amongst the angels and smile down on a country he loved!
My you and your family keep Robert close in your hearts forever,God promise that he will wipe out every tear from our eyes,and death will be no more,neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.The former things have passed away.
i remember him well,i had 2 brothers in vietnam .he is in heaven now.judy
I am no one of consequence. Mr. McNamara wielded the hands of fate. Where dull edges of naivety of youth produced ill-effects, reflection and maturity made more than amends. The moral compass of something more pushed to progress. Always, the best intentions. Not always understood. Our nation has lost a treasure. His learning must influence tomorrow's of greater promise. My condolences to family and friends.
To the family of Robert Mcnamara,
I was privleaged to meet this GREAT man with my wonderful friends Phyllis Coors and Dawn Denzer who adored him.
He'll be missed greatly
I fought in Veit Nam,My son now is in Iraq for the second tour of duty.I remember Mcnamara and General Westmoeland.I didn't believe in the war then or now.The last years of his life was so productive.GodBless his family.We learn so late in life,when other men are doing our fighting for us.Its easy to send someone to war and watch,but takes a big man to admit he's wrong.I'll see him in Heaven
"The Fog of War" video should be viewed regularly and repeatedly by every U.S. President. The wisdom Robert McNamara offers to leaders is impeccable.
To Diana and the McNamara family, my deepest simpathies for your loss.
Robert McNamara was key among just a handful of individuals (including JFK and his brother Bobby, a Soviet Naval Officer called Vasiliy Arkhipov and, ultimately, even Khrushchev himself) who employed reason and persuasion to prevail over their peers and prevent what may well have resulted in the annihilation of humanity during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Mr. McNamara, the entire world owes you a debt of gratitude. May you finally rest in peace...
In memory of Robert S McNamara, You were a big influence on my life and always will be, you were the only public servant of distinction that admitted your wrongs, if more people showed your humility the world would be a better place. Farewell Robert McNamara, and Thank you
Mr. McNamara was one of the very few who admitted he was wrong about Vietnam and tried to make amends in what ever way he could to help others in need. Too bad other people involved didn't do the same.Rest in peace Mr. McNamara. My condolences to the family.
May he long be remembered for his contributions to his country and the world. May his capacity for humanity become his most distinctive legacy.
God bless you Sir. Thank you for your service to your country. To your family, may they find great comfort in knowing you were the statesman our country needed at a very critical time. Very respectfully yours, a Vietnam veteran.
One of the Best and the Brightest-maybe the Brightest. Like Robert Kennedy, I know I shall not see his like again
To The McNamara Family-
I worked in the Audio/Visual Department of the LBJ Library while attending the University of Texas. I spent two days assisting Secretary McNamara with his book In Retrospect and was fortunate enough to suggest a photo for the book from our files...one he eventually put on the cover. Months later, I sent him a copy of the book and he was kind enough to write a gracious, detailed inscription to me.
Both in person and later from DC, he was a thoughtful, generous person who lacked hubris. I feel honored to have helped in a small way with his attempt to explain and clarify the Vietnam war.
He served his nation, and the world, with honor. For this, he deserves to be remembered as a brilliant, patriotic American.
Please accept my deepest sympathies. Robert S. McNamara was a great man. He has been a great personal inspiration to me and many others. Everyone has heard what a 'whiz' he was. He was also a man of wonderful sensitivity and determination. He sought to engage the past and learn from it to create a better future for us all. May he finally rest. He will be dearly missed. I hope that your fond memories of him bring you some consolation in this time of loss.
My husband was a 20 year AF veteran who had great respect for Mr. McNamara.
Lord, we ask that you bless this family and let them know that their loved one has not left them, he just awaits them in a better place.
Ann Robbins, Prattville, AL
To the family, look to Jesus, the Comforter of all for strength during this time. The Word of God says that He blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.(Matthew 5:4).
I want my History students to not only read about Robert McNamara when we study the Vietnam Era, but to watch "The Fog of War" so they hear his own words on the war and the accompanying public mood. For high school students, Viet Nam is ancient History. He certainly lived a long and interesting life since so many of his colleagues have been gone for many years. He was the last of the "Best and the Brightest".
River Forest, IL
To the Mcnamara family,
A great American and a true patriot. Rest in peace. May the memories bring you comfort.
My father worked for Mr. McNamara, years ago, and always spoke so highly of his patriotism, and love of country. He was the true government servant. I enjoyed hearing about the history being made as it was happening. A great loss to our nation. Hopefully I can convey the moments I heard about to our two Marines as they begin their government service.
Maybe the true N° One amongst " the best and the brightest", Michel Meessen, Belgium.
A great American and a true patriot. RIP friend,Bradford Reynolds (Baltimore,Maryland).
Another maker of history forever gone.
My deepest condolences to the McNamara family. A great American was lost and his love for his country can be forever seen by publication.
A great American who served his country well.
To sum up your life would take volumes,may I just say, thank you for all you have done for our country and now, rest in peace.
To the Mcnamara Family my sincere condolences, Farewell to a great American and international statesman, RIP.
Best Harvard Business School alumnus ever.
Andrea (HBS Class of 2009)
God Bless the Mcnamara family and God Bless Mr. Mcnamara.
To the McNamara Family,
I came to admire Mr. Mcnamara through his books, interviews, "Fog of War," and the LBJ telephone tapes. He often displayed insight and a sense of humor, and was always engaging.
My condolences on your loss.
Our country has lost a great and wise man. His contribution to our nation, and humanity will be missed. My sympathies to his family.
REST IN PEACE ROBERT S. MCNAMARA
My personal thoughts and prayers are with you. I had the honor of working for and with him as both a young army officer and then with DOD as an attorney-advisor when he established the elite DCASR agency. He was a leader of men and brilliant. May he rest in peace.
Only a person with a very deep insight to his own humanity and an exeptional degree of courage would have created the opportunity to reconsider his involvement in so many critical situations,
May he rest in peace,
After seeing 'The Fog of War' I admired Mr. McNamara. Jane Hess
The 270L/494L SPO knew his presence, be it in the background. And I did his bidding, then and later. Goodbye boss. Goodbye Cold War. Former 1Lt. Robert J Baran, officer and chief engineer.
My deepest condolences for your loss, I was too young to know of him when he was in office but I recently watched the movie JFK and became aquainted with him. I have read of his many accomplishments, how amazing!!!! I wondered why there had never been anything written on the JFK assasination and the controversy surrounding it. He was so lucky to have worked along side a great president!! May god bless your family. My sympathy,
Thanks for your military service during WWII.
Hopefully the lessons he learned will be considered by others. His example as a leader, to recognize his mistakes are admirable. May he be forgiven. For his work at the head of the World Bank many are grateful. May he rest in peace and may his family find comfort in knowing that there are those who recognize his humanity and admire his courage in recognizing his mistakes and making an honest effort at amendment. There are few men who are able to do this. These are great men.
My deepest condolences and sympathy to your loss. Even as a ten year old in Southern Maine, Mr. McNamara was a name that I heard mentioned many times by my Father in reference to the proposed closing of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. As a result, I held Mr. McNamara in high regard ever since. I have followed his career and listened to his words many times. It is with great sorrow that I see a powerhouse of a man pass.
i was too young to know of him when he was in the whitehouse but i saw fog of war and was so impressed by his intelligence and honesty and heart. the world could really use him right now. it's a sad day.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
SEMPER FI, rest in peace.
It was an honor to have you visit us at McConnell AFB, KS on Veteran's Day 1967 with President Johnson.
An Air Force Vietnam veteran who was lucky to serve you.
God bless you and your family.
Thank you for your service for our freedom.
Interesting person in history.
I recall my mother go on about you and the war as a kid (born 1967) ...wow, she really hated that war and all involved (not the soldiers-just the politicos). But she really thought what you did after the conflict and your dedication to Christ's path and helping the countries in need. She respected that as I do. God Bless you and your family and may they have our Lord's comfort at this sad time.