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Robert Francis Stryker

Details
  • Rank: Specialist Fourth Class
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry,
    1st Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 7, 1967
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Loc Ninh, Republic of Vietnam
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Stryker, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving with Company C. Sp4c. Stryker was serving as a grenadier in a multicompany reconnaissance-in-force near Loc Ninh. As his unit moved through the dense underbrush, it was suddenly met with a hail of rocket, automatic-weapons, and small-arms fire from enemy forces concealed in fortified bunkers and in the surrounding trees. Reacting quickly, Sp4c. Stryker fired into the enemy positions with his grenade launcher. During the devastating exchange of fire, Sp4c. Stryker detected enemy elements attempting to encircle his company and isolate it from the main body of the friendly force. Undaunted by the enemy machine-gun and small-arms fire, Sp4c. Stryker repeatedly fired grenades into the trees, killing enemy snipers and enabling his comrades to sever the attempted encirclement. As the battle continued, Sp4c. Stryker observed several wounded members of his squad in the killing zone of an enemy claymore mine. With complete disregard for his safety, he threw himself upon the mine as it was detonated. He was mortally wounded as his body absorbed the blast and shielded his comrades from the explosion. His unselfish actions were responsible for saving the lives of at least six of his fellow soldiers. Sp4c. Stryker's great personal bravery was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert F. Stryker
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert F. Stryker
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Throop, Cayuga County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: November 4, 1969
    The White House, presented by Vice Pres. Spiro T. Agnew to his family
  • Born: November 9, 1944, Auburn, Cayuga County, NY, United States
  • Died: November 7, 1967, Republic of Vietnam
  • Buried: Pine Hill Cemetery, Throopsville, NY, United States
 

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