Dodson, Robert, 1stLt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 0302, Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)
Service Years
1966 - 1968
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First Lieutenant

 
 

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1943
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Bloomfield

Casualty Date
Jul 07, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Glendale Cemetery - Bloomfield, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
23E Line 026

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans MemorialVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA), XXXX1
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (1/1)Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)
  1967-1968, 0306, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)
  1967-1968, 0302, Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Medina
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Battle of Khe Sanh2
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation
*DODSON, ROBERT G. Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert G. Dodson (0-101865), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company C, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 7 July 1968, Company C was attacking enemy positions west of Hill 689 in Quang Tri Province when the Marines came under an intense North Vietnamese automatic weapons, mortar and hand grenade attack, sustaining numerous casualties. With complete disregard for his own safety, First Lieutenant Dodson immediately assaulted a position at the point of his platoon and began shouting words of encouragement to his men and directing their fire as he led them forward from one bomb crater to another. Alertly observing a concealed emplacement which was pinning down one of his machine gun teams with accurate fire, he launched a determined assault and, although wounded, destroyed the enemy position. Observing three of his men pinned down by automatic weapons fire, First Lieutenant Dodson unhesitatingly rushed across thirty meters of fire-swept terrain and provided effective covering fire which enabled the Marines to move to a more advantageous position. Repeatedly exposing himself to the intense enemy fire, he skillfully directed the evacuation of the wounded, and as he spoke words of comfort to them, he was mortally wounded. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and saved the lives of several Marines. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Dodson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Home of Record: Bloomfield, New Jersey
   
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