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Vietnam War - U.S. Army

Robert Charles Murray

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade,
    Americal Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 7, 1970
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near the village of Hiep Duc, Republic of Vietnam

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 to 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.

Medal of Honor Recipient Robert C. Murray
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert C. Murray
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 8, 1974

    Blair House, presented by Vice Pres. Gerald R. Ford to his family

  • Born: December 10, 1946, Bronx County, NY, United States
  • Died: June 7, 1970, Republic of Vietnam
  • Buried: Gate of Heaven Cemetery (PM) (43-6A-9), Hawthorne, NY, United States

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