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July 15, 2014
Robert will live forever in our hearts.
July 14, 2014
I will always remember the name Robert Joseph Hess ever since I did the color guard for the memorial service at Robinson High School. I did not know Robert personally but he is a role model for all of us.
September 16, 2013
I just recently learned of the death of your son, Robert, in Afghanistan. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

I went to ODU for two years (80-82) and remember how passionate and serious you were about flying. You must be so proud of the fine young man he became.
July 18, 2013
I know you won't remember my name, but I was in the ODU ROTC unit with you in '79-81. I only recently read the ODU Monarch magazine and discovered the memorium to your son. I wanted to let you know how sorry I am for such a devastating loss. You must be so proud to have raised such a wonderful son willing to serve his country to the full measure--just as you were. No words can ease your pain, but I offer heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
June 17, 2013
I didn't know RJ well, but I was a member of the Cavalier Battallion at the same time he was and a co-captain of Lake Braddock High's swim team at the same time he was captain of our rivals at Robinson.
I cannot tell you how sorry I am for your loss, I am proud to have known RJ even a little. He was a great man and a great American. We will never forget his courage.
May 25, 2013
I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Robert will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I'm home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I'm only a civilian
And I don't even know if it's allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn't make it home.
I know you're in God's presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

I Salute You.

Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt
Colonie, NY
SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
May 23, 2013
Thank you Robert for giving the ultimate sacrifice!
May 23, 2013
So sorry for your loss and thank you Robert for serving our country. I will never forget you, as by some strange reason today in the mail I received a metal bracelet with your name and info on it....I have a MIA/POW bracelet from VET,,,,,Dennis Eads...even though we never met he has been apart of my life for over 45 years. I will carry you too in my heart and pray faithfully for your family!
May 23, 2013
May 23, 2013
To the Hess Family, please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one and Hero Robert, and my sincerest gratitude for his service for our country.
God Bless you 1st Lt. Robert J. will not be forgotten.
May 07, 2013
My deepest sympathy on the passing of your loved one.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away". May you hold on to all the wonderful moments you've shared together.

C Johnson
May 07, 2013
Bob -- Truly sorry for your family's loss, and know that words cannot either express the depths of my sorrow or of your grief. You are all in our prayers.
May 05, 2013
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ( is an organization with groups throughout the country who work to send handmade prayer shawls and/or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one while serving our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church would like to extend our sincere sympathy and to honor your son's sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a prayer gift which will be mailed to you. If you are interested, please contact me at with the names and addresses of those who would like to receive one and which gift they would like to receive. We will send our gift as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved on who died while serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
May 05, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
May 05, 2013
To the family, friends and military platoon of 1LT RJ Hess, please accept my condolensces on his passing. I will always be grateful to him for his military service and the sacrifice he was willing to make for his country.
May 04, 2013
Bob and Laura,
Losing a child, no matter how old they are, just isn't supposed to happen and being a member of the parents-who-have-lost-a-child club is not something I would ever wish on anyone. Please know that the numbness you feel at this moment will ease, a bit, with time. In the meantime, don't be afraid to mention RJ's name around friends. Don't let him become the "elephant in the room." Just some advise that helped me from a classmate of TJHS '77. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
May 04, 2013
Dear Bob, Laura and Patrick, you all are in our prayers. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for you all and RJ. We are so sorry.
May 03, 2013
Deepest condolences on the loss of your son. He died a hero. May you be comforted by your memories, and may Robert rest in peace.
May 03, 2013
Bob, Laura and Patrick,
RJ is our local Hero and will always be remembered! The Gulacs are keeping you close to our hearts. Every time I place that American Flag in front of my house, I will be thinking of RJ.
Charlie, Cathy & Charley
May 03, 2013
Dear Bob, Our condolences to you and your family. We wish we had met your brave son.May God provide solace in this difficult time.
May 03, 2013
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to 1LT Robert Joseph “R.J.” Hess our Brother-in-Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for “R.J.”. And to “R.J.” it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the supreme sacrifice he made for his country while deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. No greater love is shown than a man lay down his life for another. “R.J.”, you gave the last full measure of devotion for what you believed in and fought for. You are a brave American Warrior, a true Patriot and a national Hero. With your passing, our Country has lost a National Treasure. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to “R.J.”'s family and loved ones.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

John Adams, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
May 02, 2013
Dear Bob and family, I hope that it is of some small comfort to you to know there are many people who are praying for you (people you have not heard from in years like TJ friends). RJ sounds like he was an amazing son, amazing person and an amazing American. My heart is broken for your loss.
May 02, 2013
Rest in peace.
May 02, 2013
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lt. Hess. He is a true American hero and we are grateful for his brave service to defend our freedoms and protect our way of life. May he rest in Peace and may you find comfort and healing from your loss.
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