Cochran, Robert Fishel Jr., 2ndLt Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
1803-Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Officer
Last MOSGroup
Tank And Amphibian Tractor
Last Unit
1965-1965, 1803, Amphibious Assault Vehicle/1st Amtrac Bn
Service Years
1961 - 1965

Second Lieutenant

 
 

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Home State
Mississippi
Mississippi
Year of Birth
1942
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Poplarville
Last Address
Poplarville

Casualty Date
Aug 18, 1965
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Tin
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 055

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 Unit Assignments
Amphibious Assault Vehicle/1st Amtrac Bn
  1965-1965, 1803, Amphibious Assault Vehicle/1st Amtrac Bn
 Combat and Operations History
  1946-1991 Cold War (1946-1991)
  1965-1965 Defense Campaign 8 March to 24 December 1965 VSM Streamer /Operation Starlite (Starlight)
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Last Known Activity
Navy Cross Citation

COCHRAN, ROBERT FISHEL, JR. Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve) Company A, 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF Date of Action: August 18, 1965 Citation: The Navy Cross is presented to Robert Fishel Cochran, Jr., Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in Company A , First Amphibian Tractor Battalion, Third Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, during Operation STARLITE near Chu Lai, Vietnam, on the morning of 18 August 1965. While leading an amphibian tractor supply column to the front lines, he had momentarily stopped the column in order to check his positions, when it came under intense enemy mortar, recoilless rifle and small-arms fire. Although he was exposed to enemy fire, he calmly and unhesitatingly directed his vehicles into defensive positions. The amphibian tractor on which Lieutenant Cochran was located was hit by recoilless rifle fire. Disregarding his own safety he ordered his crew to evacuate the vehicle and alertly pointed out a good position for them to occupy. Despite the imminent danger of the amphibian tractor exploding and the attempts of the enemy to enter the vehicle, he, in order to deprive the enemy of this source of supply, removed the machine gun ammunition before he left the tractor. With full knowledge of the situation and complete disregard for his own personal safety, Lieutenant Cochran moved through intense enemy cross fire to his disabled vehicle, directing the wounded and dazed personnel to the safety of two amphibian tractors which had gained hull defilade positions behind a rice paddy bank. When he was assured that all of his men were safe, he determined which vehicle would afford the best observation of the battle area. As he moved toward this tractor he was severely wounded. Knowing that to ask his men to open the main ramp of the tractor would endanger their lives, he unselfishly chose to mount the vehicle through the top hatch. As a result of his heroic action he succumbed on the top of the amphibian tractor. His personal bravery, and fearless devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Marine Corps and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
   
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