Horspool, Robert Kent, PFC
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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Last Unit
1968-1968, 0311, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)/A Co
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Private 1st Class

 
 

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 Personal Details 

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Home State
Utah
Utah
Year of Birth
1949
 
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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
Ogden City Cemetery - Ogden, Utah
Wall/Plot Coordinates
47E 022

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French Fourragere


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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Rifle Marksman

 
 Unit Assignments
5th Marine Regiment1st Marine Division/HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division5th 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
  1968-1968, 0311, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)/A Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Houston I
  1968-1968 Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Hue City
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
ATTACK ON SECURITY FORCE, HWY QL-1 BRIDGE OVER TRUOI RIVER 11 KM SE OF PHU BAI AIRFIELD 19680331
UTM grid reference is YD963063

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
Service number 2332033
Tour start date 01/19/1968
   
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