Klages, Robert John, 1stLt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
1803-Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Officer
Last MOSGroup
Tank / Amphibious Tractor
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 1803, B Co, 3rd Amphibious Assault Bn. (AAV)
Service Years
1966 - 1967
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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1943
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
St Louis
Last Address
St Louis

Casualty Date
Aug 01, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Resurrection Cemetery - Affton, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 061

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, The Basic School (Quantico, VA), TBS
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Amphibious Assault Bn. (AAV)
  1966-1967, 1803, B Co, 3rd Amphibious Assault Bn. (AAV)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Pike
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
7 KM SE OF HOI AN 19670801
UTM grid reference is BT194525
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Comments/Citation
Service number 094840/2165575


Silver Star
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Robert J. Klages (MCSN: 0-94840), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company B, Third Amphibian Tractor Battalion, attached to the First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in the Republic of Vietnam on 1 August 1967. During Operation PIKE, First Lieutenant Klages was leading three amphibian tractors in support of infantry south of DaNang. The infantry units became heavily engaged by the enemy utilizing small arms, automatic weapons, rockets and mortars, approximately 100 meters from First Lieutenant Klages' front. As the battle progressed, a gap developed between two infantry companies and exposed their flanks, plus that of another amphibian tractor platoon, to the intensive enemy fire. Without hesitation, First Lieutenant Klages brought his tractors forward to close the gap. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he remained exposed to direct his unit's fire and movement and gallantly led his platoon to within hand grenade range amid the devastating fire. As enemy grenades commenced to fall around his tractor, First Lieutenant Klages, after being assured that the gap was closed, finally sought cover but was mortally wounded attempting to reach a protective barrier. By his inspiring leadership, gallant fighting spirit and devotion to fulfillment of a vital task, First Lieutenant Klages was materially responsible for the successful accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Action Date: 1-Aug-67

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Company B

Battalion: 3d Amphibian Tractor Battalion
   
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