Recipient Detail

 

LAW, ROBERT D.

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company 1 (Ranger)
Division: 75th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
Born: 15 September 1944, Fort Worth, Tex.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Dallas, Tex.
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Place / Date: Tinh Phuoc Thanh province, Republic of Vietnam, 22 February 1969
 
 


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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 1. 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 counterassault 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.