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Police: Decorated Veteran Kills Self at War Memorial

October 12, 1989

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A Vietnam veteran, wearing a military jacket and clutching divorce papers, shot and killed himself at the foot of Tampa’s Vietnam War memorial, police said.

Robson James Mabry, 39, was found dead Wednesday by a jogger in Veteran’s Memorial Park, said police spokesman Steve Cole.

Cole said Mabry, found with a .357-caliber pistol in his lap, had shot himself in the head as he sat on the grass beneath a flagpole. He was wearing a camouflage jacket with military patches and a Bronze Star, police said.

He earned the medal while serving in the Army from 1969 until 1971, military records show. He went to Vietnam in 1970.

Mabry was holding papers from his Aug. 9 divorce in one hand.

He had checked into the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Tampa in 1971 for minor surgery and went back in 1987, said Marty Gall, a spokesman for the hospital. He was not diagnosed as having post-traumatic stress disorder, Gall said.

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