Central Texas Heroes: Robert Earl Green

Many families were left without sons, fathers and brothers who paid the ultimate price serving in Vietnam.

Robert Earl Green

The sister of a U.S. soldier lost overseas paid tribute to her brother and shows us what her family experienced in Central Texas Heroes.

"I always thought my brothers were the most handsome and the strongest and the smartest. And I always felt that way about Robert. When he went to Vietnam I was just 12," Marcy White told us.

Marcy White remembers clearly when her brother Robert Earl Green traded his high school football uniform for dress greens.

"He volunteered, he wasn't drafted. He volunteered, mother and daddy weren't real happy about it," White said.

They knew what Green was doing.

White told us, "he was Army. He was a specialist 4th class. He went over and he was crew chief on a helicopter there with the 170th assault helicopter company. "

But they worried they about how he was doing constantly.

"We did watch the news. I don't remember just a whole lot about it. I remember when we'd get a letter Mother would get so excited," she said.

Once they even made contact with Green through ham radio.

White said, "the last thing I remember Robert saying is 'momma send me some cookies' then we found out he had been killed."

Her parents were home when two men in a dark green car drove up and gave them the news.

"It was horrible for my dad. It was horrible for all of us but it was especially hard for my mother," White said.

But out of their pain was born an endeavor of love, opening their door to soldiers who needed a place to stay.

"Over the next three years we had about right at 70 G.I.s come through our home. Mother and daddy fed them, they took care of them, they did their laundry and those guys treated me and my sister like we were made of spun gold," White told us, "my heart swells because they became my brothers. They didn't take Robert's place, but they certainly filled a void. "

And she and her mother worked for years to help raise money to bring a Vietnam memorial to Waco to honor those who've sacrificed and provide a place for their loved ones to remember.