Bleier, Robert "Rocky", SP 4

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Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Primary Unit
1968-1971, 196th Infantry Brigade (Light) /HHC
Service Years
1968 - 1971

Specialist 4


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 Unit Assignments
196th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1968-1971, 196th Infantry Brigade (Light) /HHC
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  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
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American National Football League halfback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968 and from 1971 to 1980.  In addition to being a great lead blocker, Bleier was the second of the Steelers' rushing weapons, but was effective nonetheless at both blocking and rushing. In 1976, both Harris and Bleier rushed for over 1,000 yards, making this the second NFL team to accomplish this feat, after Mercury Morris and Larry Csonka of the 1972 Miami Dolphins.  Bleier played in the first four Steeler Super Bowl victories, and caught the touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw that gave Pittsburgh a lead it would never surrender in Super Bowl XIII.  Bleier retired after the 1980 season with 3,865 rushing yards, 136 receptions for 1,294 yards, and 25 touchdowns.  At the time of his retirement, he was the Steelers fourth all-time leading rusher.

Served in Vietnam.  Was drafted in December 1968.  He volunteered for duty in the Vietnam War and shipped out in May 1969, serving with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. On August 20, while on patrol in Heip Duc, Bleier was wounded in the left thigh by a rifle bullet when his platoon was ambushed in a rice paddy.  While down, an enemy grenade landed nearby after bouncing off a fellow soldier, sending shrapnel into his lower right leg. He was later awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.  His rank was Specialist 4.

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