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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Birth:
15 Jul 1949 2
Death:
06 Sep 1967 2
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Full Name:
Robert Charles Wallace 2
Birth:
15 Jul 1949 2
Male 2
Death:
06 Sep 1967 2
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 2
Age at Death: 18 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 06 Sep 1967 2
Casualty Location: Hill 43, 9km SW of Thang Binh 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Plattsburgh, NY 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Battalion:
3rd Bn 2
Company:
I Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E2 2
Major Command:
1st Mar Div 2
Regiment:
5th Marines 2
Service:
Marine Corps 2
Specialty:
Rifleman (USMC) 2
Years Served:
0 2
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Religion:
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 20 2
Panel: 26E 2

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I grw up with Bobby in Dannemora, New York. His gender is male. Michael J Carew, M/Sgt USMC, ret. We both moved to Plattsburgh, New York. He has 2 sisters.

Thank you Marine for your service to this great nation and to our Corps....

THE WALL

Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same

The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces

Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives


"War drew us from our homeland

In the sunlit springtime of our youth.

Those who did not come back alive remain

 in perpetual springtime -- forever young --

And a part of them is with us always."

--- Author Unknown ---

 God Bless  You                 

 

 

Operation Swift, intended to be the fourth and the last of the 1967 operations in the Que Son Valley, began unofficially the morning of September 4 when Delta Company, 1st Battalion 5th Marines (1/5) was attacked before dawn by a superior PAVN force while setup in a night-time defensive perimeter next to the village of Dong Son.

The local Battalion Commander was Lt.Colonel Peter Hilgartner who sent 1/5's Bravo Company to Delta’s relief, which was all he had at the time. With Bravo and Delta companies heavily engaged, Mike and Kilo companies from the adjacent 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines (3/5) were sent to relieve them. Ambushed and aggressively attacked, these two companies were also pinned down in separate enclaves by the early afternoon. A Silver Star was presented to Corporal Larry Benjamin Nunez for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division. On 4 September 1967, during Operation SWIFT, Company M was providing flank security for the Battalion Command Group when it became heavily engaged by a large North Vietnamese Army force. While advancing to reinforce another unit of the company, Corporal Nunez's platoon came under intense enemy automatic weapons and mortar fire and he sustained a fragmentation wound. Disregarding his painful injury, he repeatedly exposed himself to the hostile fire and fearlessly moved about the fire-swept area to maneuver his squad and direct their fire on the enemy positions. When the enemy commenced a concentrated attack on the Marines and the volume of hostile fire increased, Corporal Nunez received a serious head wound, however he continued to lead his unit. Firing his rifle and shouting words of encouragement, he pointed out the enemy positions to his men and directed effective fire on the advancing North Vietnamese. Wounded a third time during the enemy assault, Corporal Nunez continued to disregard his painful injuries and, courageously moving forward to reorganize his squad, ordered them to fix bayonets and throw grenades which accounted for heavy losses on the enemy and forced the remainder of the hostile force to flee in panic and confusion. Refusing to leave his squad, he remained with his men throughout the night and, after assuring himself of their welfare, he finally submitted to medical evacuation. His aggressive fighting spirit and superb leadership were an inspiration to all who observed him and contributed immeasurably to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. During the fighting Sergeant Lawrence Peters earned a posthumous Medal of Honor for leading his men in repulsing repeated attempts to overrun his position. Navy Chaplain Lieutenant Vincent Capodanno was also awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor for his efforts in pulling wounded men to safety in face of overwhelming enemy fire. Sergeant Thomas C. Panian was also awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism for organizing the defense of India Company, 3/5 Marines; and holding off subsequent attacks over 8 hours of combat.

Marine artillery fire and Marine jet fighter-bombers prevented the Marine infantry companies from being overrun. A Marine A-6 silenced an anti-aircraft gun emplacement, allowing more air support against PAVN positions, and a fresh Marine company launched a dawn counterattack September 5. This pressed the PAVN into breaking contact. With all engaged companies now relieved Colonel Stanley Davis, commanding the 5th Marines, ordered 1/5 and 3/5 to pursue the withdrawing PAVN. This officially began Operation Swift.

In the early afternoon of September 6 two battalions of the NLF 1st Regiment attacked Bravo company, the lead company of the 1st Battalion. Bravo 1/5 was isolated and nearly overrun but held when Marine artillery rained tear gas around their position. Sergeant Rodney M. Davis, Platoon Guide of 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, purposely absorbed the force of an NVA grenade to protect the lives of other Marines during that fight. Sergeant Davis was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for this action.

The nearby 3rd Battalion was also heavily engaged a few hours later. India Company, dispatched to attack a hill held by the enemy, was isolated and nearly overrun by the NLF 1st Regiment's previously uncommitted 3rd Battalion. Kilo Company fought through the NLF and relieved India but the two companies were then found to have too many casualties to move. Two determined night assaults by the NLF were repulsed, and Mike Company eventually fought through against weakening opposition as the NLF withdrew.

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