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Robert Earl Armstrong

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AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Specialist Fourth Class Robert E. Armstrong (ASN: US-51836231), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C, 3d Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. Specialist Four Armstrong distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 11 March 1969 while serving as a radio-telephone operator during a combat sweep operation south of Hill 947 near Polei Kleng in Kontum Province. While making assessments of friendly air strikes in the area, Specialist Armstrong's platoon came under attack from a North Vietnamese force using grenades, rifles and rockets. Realizing that the enemy had surrounded the platoon, the Company Commander set up a hasty perimeter. Suddenly a rocket hit the command post directly, killing or wounding all the officers and noncommissioned officers. Although wounded himself, Specialist Armstrong took charge of the element, reorganizing defensive positions and setting up aid for casualties. He then established radio contact with the battalion operations center and guided in artillery and air support. When two other platoons from his unit came to relieve the beleaguered element, Specialist Armstrong directed them against the weakest of the enemy's positions. With coordinated efforts, the two platoons broke through the encircling hostile force to reinforce Specialist Armstrong's perimeter. With the threat of being overrun reduced, Specialist Armstrong proceeded to carry the wounded to the temporary landing zone. Braving the heavy fire again and again, he led parties to the evacuation site, and only after all the other wounded were extracted did he allow himself to be treated for his wounds. Specialist Four Armstrong's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 3905 (October 18, 1969)

Action Date: 11-Mar-69

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

Company: Company C

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 12th Infantry Regiment

Division: 4th Infantry Division

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Specialist Fourth Class Robert Earl Armstrong (ASN: US-51836231), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Fourth Class Armstrong distinguished himself while serving as a Team Leader with Company C, 3d Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. On 28 January 1969, Specialist Armstrong's patrol was suddenly engaged by a well-concealed enemy force. Reacting quickly, Specialist Armstrong initiated suppressive fire and moved through the hail of enemy fire to aid a wounded comrade. Moving the men to a better position he called for and accurately adjusted artillery on the enemy position. While keeping in constant communication with his unit, Specialist Armstrong directed the fire of his men and marked the enemy positions for gunships which he directed against them. As a reinforcing element neared his position, Specialist Armstrong guided them to his position as he assisted in the evacuation of his patrol's wounded. Specialist Four Armstrong's courageous acts, outstanding leadership, and exemplary devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 4th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 1487 (May 3, 1969)

Action Date: 28-Jan-69

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

Company: Company C

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 12th Infantry Regiment

Division: 4th Infantry Division