Horspool, Robert Kent, PFC
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Private 1st Class
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1968-1968, 0311, 1st Marine Division/HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division
Service Years
1967 - 1968

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Casualty Date
Mar 31, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Thua Thien
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Ogden City Cemetery - Ogden, Utah
Wall/Plot Coordinates
47E 022

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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 Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Houston I
  1968-1968 Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/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

Vietnam Wall Panel coords 47E 022

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

Service: Marine Corps (Regular)
Grade at loss: E2
Rank: Private First Class
ID No: 2332033
MOS: 0311 Rifleman
LenSvc: Less than one year

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

ON THE WALL Panel 47E Line 022

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