|Name||Date of Incident||Unit||Vietnam Memorial|
|Robert Theodore Smith||Killed In Action Vietnam, 4/12/69||D/151 RGR||27W67|
12 April 1969
Sergeant Robert T. Smith, Company D (Ranger) 151st Infantry, Third Platoon made the ultimate sacrifice in the Republic of Vietnam. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star on 29 April 1969 for his actions.
AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR
General Orders Number 1094 dated 29 April 1969
"Sergeant Smith distinguished himself by gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force on 12 April 1969 while serving as a patrol leader with Company D (ranger) 151st Infantry, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date while set up in an ambush position, his patrol spotted and engaged a small enemy force. With assistance from helicopter gunships, the patrol quickly suppressed the hostile element. Sergeant Smith then decided to walk as point man on a sweep of the area as his patrol returned to the landing zone. Just before the friendly force reached its destination, an enemy soldier jumped up from a bomb crater and began firing at Sergeant Smith. Though mortally wounded, he managed to alert his men and to place a burst of suppressive fire upon the hostile soldier, thus giving the other members of the patrol time to reach cover. Sergeant Smith's outstanding courage and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and
reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army."
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