Aug. 19, 1932 Marshall Madison County North Carolina, USA
Apr. 27, 1967 Tay Ninh, Vietnam
SP6 Rom Worley, Korean War Veteran, Vietnam War Veteran, Native of Walnut, North Carolina.
Specialist Six Rom Worley was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SP6 Worley served our country until April 27th, 1967 in Tay Ninh, South Vietnam. He was 34 years old and was married. It was reported that Rom died from multiple fragmentation wounds from a mine. His body was recovered. Rom was born on August 19th, 1932 in Walnut, North Carolina. SP6 Worley is on panel 18E, line 104 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 18 years.
Our Family Friend. Hello: Rom and his wife Robbie were stationed with us in Germany during the late 1950s. We were military families, and we got to know Robbie and Rom well. Our families often got together on base to visit. When Rom was killed, we attended to his funeral. His little boy, who was about six years old at the time, was upset because his father told him before he left for Vietnam that he would have to fill his shoes and be the man of the family during his absence. Rom's son was, at that young age, unable to comprehend how he could now be the man of the family. Although we were all military career families and knew the risks associated with that, Rom was a vibrant person, a happily married family man, who should today be at home with his family. Herta Weaver Lehmann, 4437 W. Prospect St, Mantua, OH 44255.
Letters Home from Vietnam: One day this week I saved my apples from the mess hall and took about 10 to the village. Ten children were happy and there were two or three hundred more kids who didn't get an apple, and I felt sad and wished I hadn't taken any. They feel in my pocket all the time and say Chop-Chop? It really makes me proud to have a fine son (named David Rom) and a good wife and daughter who love me when I see how terrible these people here have to live. Most of them 5 years old are not half as big and healthy as you are, and when they get sick there is no doctor for them. Many have died from just not enough good food. I hope and pray, Son, that you will try to understand why I am here and why I had to leave you for awhile to fight Communism and to fight for the hungry, sick, and sad little boys and girls over here, so that one day they can get a good job and work and be able to be free and eat good, and go to church, have good homes, and not have to live the sad life they now have to live and be ruled and mistreated by Communist aggression. You would be glad if someone came and helped you and Mommy and Teresa Ann if you only had a few pennies to live on and a dirt floor and straw house and not enough food. Then if someone fought for you to keep the Communists from taking what little you did have away, you would be a good boy and thank them. Now — isn't that right? David, that is why I am here and it's a hot dirty country and I don't feel good like I did in the air-conditioned house there, but I can stand H O.K. It is for a good cause and for this maybe your life will be better someday.
Say, when I get back home, you will be in the first grade. I hope you work hard and make good grades and mind Mommy and your teacher and make me proud you are my son. Write me often. Much Love, Dad.
On April 27, 1967, units of the battalion located an underground VC hospital complex. Again mines and booby traps were encountered in the area of operations. One Bobcat was killed and fifteen were wounded during the day. Courtesy of www.bobcat.ws
The NEWS RECORD also went on to state most of the following: Specialist 6th Class Rom Worley, 34 (born August 19, 1932) of Fayetteville, North Carolina, a native of Madison County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Worley, of Big Pine, Marshall, was killed in Vietnam on April 27, 1967, when struck by fragments of a hostile booby trap. Worley had served in the United States Army for 18 years and was a member of the 25th Infantry Division. During the Korean Conflict, he served in Japan and Europe and was awarded the Purple Heart in Korea.
He was the husband of Mrs Robbie G Worley, Route #8, Box 292, Fayetteville, NC. Son of Mr William Hobert Worley and Mrs Evelyn Mae Baker Worley.
He served with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Mechanized, "Bobcats", 25th Infantry Division, "Tropic Lightning", USARV.
He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster for his combat related wounds, The Korean Service Medal, The Korean Defense Medal, The United Nations Service Medal, The Korean Presidential Unit Citation, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal(s) and The Good Conduct Medal(s).