Medal of Honor

 

 

LAW, ROBERT D. *

 

Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company I (Ranger), 75th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division

 

Place and date: Tinh Phuoc Thanh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 22 February 1969

 

Entered service at: Dallas, Texas

 

Born: 15 September 1944, Fort Worth, Texas

 

Citation:

 

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Law distinguished himself while serving with Company I. While on a long-range reconnaissance patrol in Tinh Phuoc Thanh Province, Sp4c. Law and 5 comrades made contact with a small enemy patrol. As the opposing elements exchanged intense fire, he maneuvered to a perilously exposed position flanking his comrades and began placing suppressive fire on the hostile troops. Although his team was hindered by a low supply of ammunition and suffered from an unidentified irritating gas in the air, Sp4c. Law's spirited defense and challenging counter assault rallied his fellow soldiers against the well-equipped hostile troops. When an enemy grenade landed in his team's position, Sp4c. Law, instead of diving into the safety of a stream behind him, threw himself on the grenade to save the lives of his comrades. Sp4c. Law's extraordinary courage and profound concern for his fellow soldiers were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

 

 


 

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Last name: LAW

First name: ROBERT DAVID

Home of Record (official): FORT WORTH

State (official): TX

Date of Birth: Friday, September 15, 1944

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Army

Rank: SP4

Serial Number: 54442710

Component: Selective Service

Pay grade: E4

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B2P

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Monday, May 27, 1968

Date of Casualty: Saturday, February 22, 1969

Age at time of loss: 24

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Other explosive device (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Binh Duong

The Wall: Panel 32W - Row 077

 


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