At the age of 21, Timothy Robinson was inducted in the U.S. Army. On March 6, 1968, he shipped out and was assigned to the 3rd platoon, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. On Easter Sunday, 1968, the 22-year-old Army Corporal wrote the following to his family back home in Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota:
April 14, 1968
Dear Mom, Dad, Ruth & Pat,
I hope the Easter Bunny doesn’t forget me this year because the last 21 years it’s been real good to me and will always be so dear to my heart, “right Mom”. Remember when we were kids on Easter the girls would be all dressed up in new hats, pretty dresses and new gloves and us boys with new shoes and shirts and off to church we would go and after come home to look for our Easter baskets. What good times. I hope God will bring me back home so that I may marry the girl I love, which will be in March if things go OK. Then I can watch my kids get all dressed up and head for church and live that day over again. Holidays are no different then any other day. Every day is Monday in Vietnam. Must go now, “God Be With You All”.
Your fighting son & Brother
This was the last letter Tim wrote to his parents and siblings. Five days later, he stepped on a land mine in Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. His body was recovered and buried in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.