In April 1945 during the last days of World War II, First Lieutenant Robert L. Mains, Father of Barbara O'Brien of Stony Brook, was killed in a bombing mission over Germany. He has been missing in action for 72 years until now. It is with great honor, reverence and respect we lay, First Lieutenant Robert Main remains to rest in the green green grass of home. Robert, held his daughter Barbara, for the first and last time shortly after she was born in August 1944 and went off to war. They never saw each other again. Our grateful thanks to the ARMY and Dept. of Defense for bringing Robert home to his daughter.

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  1. Hello ΓÇô my name is Mark Haboian and I am from Rochester, NY (close to Stony brook). I would like to express my condolences to you and your family, but to also acknowledge the big relief you must be feeling to finally bring home Robert. Very very happy for you, and as you say in the story, may Robert now RIP in the green green grass of home. We are also an MIA family, so we are well aware of the pain and anguish you felt for those 72 yrs. My Uncle, Casper Haboian, was shot down just outside Gummersbach, and is still listed as MIA. He was lost Mar 18, 1945 (17 days prior to Robert) on a tactical reconnaissance mission. My wife and I just saw your news here in Rochester, and I had to reach out to you and tell you we are happy that you finally have closure in your family. We are praying for you, and also still holding out hope that our Casper will be found. Like you, we registered our DNA with JPAC and are praying for good news in the near future. God Bless your Family, and God Bless Our Troops.

  2. There are no words to adequately express sympathy for the loss you must have felt, growing up without your Dad. It is only as a parent, that I can just imagine the Love and Pride he certainly had for you during those 8 months before his greatest sacrifice. I am sure he has watched over you lovingly your whole life long … may God bless you both until you are re-united once again ~

  3. All my love to the family for the closeure. God bless Robert Mains for his service to our country. I have had the privilege to be one of many people whose lives have been touched by your daughter and grandchildren. They continue to live up to your legacy.

  4. RobertΓÇÖs family: I’m so sorry for your loss. I went through a similar situation and I was very helped by the hope that I found in the Bible in John 5:28, which says, ‘Do not amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out’. I am sending you a link with more information on this

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