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CMOHS.org - Staff Sergeant MURRAY, ROBERT C., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

MURRAY, ROBERT C.

Rank: Staff Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company B, 4th Battalion
Division: 31st Infantry, 23d Infantry Division
Born: 10 December 1946, Bronx, N.Y.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: New York, N.Y.
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Place / Date: Near the village of Hiep Duc, Republic of Vietnam, 7 June 1970
 
 


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Citation

S/Sgt. Murray distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader with Company B. S/Sgt. Murray's squad was searching for an enemy mortar that had been threatening friendly positions when a member of the squad tripped an enemy grenade rigged as a booby trap. Realizing that he had activated the enemy booby trap, the soldier shouted for everybody to take cover. Instantly assessing the danger to the men of his squad, S/Sgt. Murray unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own safety, threw himself on the grenade absorbing the full and fatal impact of the explosion. By his gallant action and self sacrifice, he prevented the death or injury of the other members of his squad. S/Sgt. Murray's extraordinary courage and gallantry, at the cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.