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Specialist Fourth Class Robert D. Law

 
 
Specialist Fourth Class Robert D. Law Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. Specialist Fourth Class Robert D. Law Marker
Poorly edited, with repetitious and nonsensical sentences.
Inscription. Robert D. Law was born on September 15, 1944 in Fort Worth, Texas. Law joined the Army at Dallas, Texas, in 1967 at the age of 23. He served in the Tinh Phuoc Thanh province of the Republic of Vietnam as part of the Company I, 75th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. During the Vietnam War the U.S. Army formed fifteen Ranger companies under the 75th Infantry (Ranger) Regiment. Most of these companies served in South Vietnam. In Vietnam, Rangers, like Law, conducted long range reconnaissance and patrol missions deep into enemy held territory. Rangers fought from the Regiment. Most of these companies served in South Vietnam. In Vietnam, Rangers, like Law, conducted long range reconnaissance and patrol missions deep into enemy held territory. Rangers fought from the Demilitarized Zone near the North Vietnam border to the Mekong Delta. These missions provided valued intelligence and conducted a host of special operations against North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong forces. These operations included raids, ambushes, disruption of enemy lines of communications and supply, and attempts to capture prisoners. The Army assigned individual Ranger companies to independent brigades, divisions, and other field forces where they provided a unique capability for commanders.

While conducting a long reconnaissance patrol, on 22 February 1969, in the Tinh

Insert - Rangers; The Congressional Medal of Honor image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - Rangers; The Congressional Medal of Honor
Phuoc Thanh province, Law’s patrol met the enemy. Under intense attack, Law tried to outflank the enemy and provide suppressing fire against the attackers. Despite running low on ammunition and inspired by Law’s attempted to fight, other members of the patrol counterattacked the heavily armed enemy. Law and the other Rangers face stiff opposition and came under small arms and grenade assaults. A grenade landed near Law’s patrol. Without regard to his own safety, he threw himself onto the grenade to save five other Rangers’ lives. For his extraordinary courage and selfless service, Robert D. Law received the Congressional Medal of Honor, posthumously.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 40° 12.283′ N, 77° 9.505′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Robert W. Black (here, next to this marker); Lieutenant Colonel William Orlando Darby (a few steps from this marker); General Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion (a few steps from this marker); Stations Upon the Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Smallpox (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Smallpox (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Smallpox (within shouting distance of this marker); A Century of Protection (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Regarding Specialist Fourth Class Robert D. Law. The marker text does repeat a line, so the transcript is correct.
 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 3, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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