Vietnam Reflection Recognizes East High School Graduate
He received his draft notice in 1969 and not long after basic training, Robert Sienecki was in the middle of serious combat duty.
He told Erie News Now, "I knew where I was headed after jungle training and that was Vietnam. I'm thinking things are happening pretty quickly here and we were there for weeks at a time."
Sienecki also remembers his mentor, Steve White from the state of Indiana and how his life was cut short at such a young age.
"You get to know these people after a few months and the next thing you know, he's gone. You just try not to think about it."
Robert's older brother Steve, also a Vietnam Veteran, passed away earlier this year.
Steve was an Erie Firefighter for 32 years.