Horspool, Robert Kent, PFC Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Last Unit
1968-1968, 0311, 1st Marine Division/HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
Utah
Utah
Year of Birth
1949
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Ogden
Last Address
Ogden

Casualty Date
Mar 31, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Thua Thien
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Unit Assignments
5th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)5th Marine Regiment1st Marine Division/HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division
  1968-1968, 0311, 5th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)
  1968-1968, 0311, 5th Marine Regiment
  1968-1968, 0311, 1st Marine Division/HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division
 Combat and Operations History
  1968-1968 Tet Counteroffensive Campaign 30 January to 1 April 1968 VSM Streamer/Operation Houston I
  1968-1968 Tet Counteroffensive Campaign 30 January to 1 April 1968 VSM Streamer/Operation Hue City
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A Note from The Virtual Wall
The 1968 Tet Offensive began at the end of January, but heavy fighting continued throughout the spring. The 1/5 Marines' After Action Report for Operation HOUSTON contains the following entry:
"310230H - Company A, bridge security elements at YD949069 and YD967064 came under heavy 82mm mortar fire from enemy positions at YD968066 and YD949701. The mortar barrage was followed by an intense ground assault from an estimated 150 NVA at each friendly position. Enemy utilized small arms, automatic weapons, and B-40 rockets in the attack. The position at YD949069 was overrun and the bridge blown. Results: 15 USMC KIA, 31 USMC WIAE, 27 USMC WIANE, 1 NBCE, 61 NVA KIA confirmed and 1 POW."
The two Marine positions were the security posts on the north and south banks of the Truoi River guarding the Highway 1 Bridge, located about 11 kilometers southeast of the Phu Bai airfield complex. Bravo 1/5 provided a reaction force which arrived too late to save the bridge but did succeed in preventing a slaughter of the wounded Marines in the over-run northern position. The 14 Marines and 1 sailor who died at the Truoi River Bridge were
A Company, 1/5 Marines
Cpl Walter W. Rosolie, Rosedale, NY (Silver Star)
LCpl Charles D. Miller, Wewoka, OK
Pfc Richard Garcia, San Antonio, TX
Pfc Robert K. Horspool, Ogden, UT
Pfc Gerald L. Johnson, Mojave, CA
Pfc Richard F. Links, Noank, CT
Pfc Kevin W. Moore, Milwaukee, WI
Pfc William R. Neal, Amarillo, TX


B Company, 1/5 Marines
Pfc Edward T. Stone, Dorchester, MA


H&S Company, 1/5 Marines (with A/1/5)
Cpl Arthur C. McLellan, Terryville, CT
HM3 Steven R. Wolter, Hilo, HI
LCpl Erasmo Palos, Eagle Pass, TX
Pfc Thomas J. Kovacevich, Detroit, MI
Pfc Walter R. Riggs, Moorpark, CA
Pfc Thomas P. Sweeney, Ashburnham, MA


   
Comments/Citation
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 47E 022

Robert Kent Horspool
Private First Class
PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Ogden, Utah
Date of birth: Tuesday, 06/28/1949

MILITARY DATA
Service: Marine Corps (Regular)
Grade at loss: E2
Rank: Private First Class
ID No: 2332033
MOS: 0311 Rifleman
LenSvc: Less than one year
Unit: A CO, 1ST BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV

CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: Friday, 01/19/1968
Cas Date: Sunday, 03/31/1968
Age at Loss: 18
Remains: Body recovered
Location: Thua Thien, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, died outright
Reason: Gun or small arms fire - Ground casualty

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Robert is buried at City Cemetery in Ogden, UT.
Posted by: Robert Sage
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