Barry Romo

RomoExtra1Barry Romo (above left) grew up in a tight-knit family in Southern California in the 1950s. The youngest of his siblings, he spent his childhood surrounded by a niece and nephews of a similar age.

Barry was particularly close with one of his nephews, Robert, known to everyone as Bobby (above right). Bobby was just a month younger than Barry and Barry considered Bobby to be another brother (seen together at left in 1951).

During the Vietnam War, Barry enlisted in the Army and Bobby was drafted. Only one of them came home.

Private First Class Robert Romo was killed in action in 1968. Romo3First Lieutenant Barry Romo was chosen to escort his body home.

Barry (seen at left in 2014) came to StoryCorps to remember his nephew.

After Bobby’s death, Barry did not return to Vietnam, he was reassigned to a post in the United States to serve out the remainder of his commitment.

Today Barry is an active member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

Originally aired November 6, 2015, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Photos courtesy of Barry Romo and Beverly Mendoza.