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Vietnam War - U.S. Army

Robert David Law

  • Rank: Specialist Fourth Class
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company I (Ranger), 75th Infantry,
    1st Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: February 22, 1969
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Tinh Phuoc, Thanh Province, Republic of Vietnam

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 five 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.

Medal of Honor Recipient Robert D. Law
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert D. Law
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Dallas, Collin County, Texas
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 6, 1970

    The White House, presented by Pres. Richard M. Nixon to his family

  • Born: September 15, 1944, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, TX, United States
  • Died: February 22, 1969, Republic of Vietnam
  • Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery (MH) (Acacia Lawn 297), Fort Worth, TX, United States
  • Location of Medal: National Medal of Honor Museum, Arlington, TX

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