Baltz, Robert Lee, 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1952, 1542, 3rd Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1950 - 1952

Infantry

Second Lieutenant


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Home State
Oregon
Oregon
Year of Birth
1930
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Portland
Last Address
Eureka, California

Casualty Date
Jun 16, 1952
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Korea, South
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery - Eureka, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

7th Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1952, Korean War Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
7th Infantry Division3rd Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment
  1951-1952, 1542, 7th Infantry Division
  1951-1952, 1542, 3rd Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
2nd Lt. Robert Baltz enlisted in the Army on 17 March 1950 as an enlisted man in the regular army (March 1950 - August 1951). He was promoted i2 August 1951 to 2nd Lt..

In Korea, he served with K Company, 3rd Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

He was killed in action near Tang-Wan-Ni, North Korea while battling the North Koreans.

 
 
Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Robert L. Baltz, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with an Infantry Company of the 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

Second Lieutenant Baltz distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces in the vicinity of Tang-Wan-ni, Korea. On the morning of 16 June 1952, Lieutenant Baltz led an assault squad in an attack on a heavily-fortified hill to capture or kill enemy troops. While the group was advancing toward the position, an intense barrage of enemy small-arms, mortar, and artillery fire was encountered. In spite of the dangers involved, Lieutenant Baltz left the squad and circled an enemy bunker to throw grenades into the tunnel which connected the communications trench and the bunker.

Returning to his squad, Lieutenant Baltz saw that the enemy was moving in reinforcements. Unhesitatingly, he assaulted the hill, encouraging his men to follow. Lieutenant Baltz had advanced only a few yards when he was hit by a burst of fire from an enemy burp-gun and mortally wounded.

General Orders: Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 297 (March 15, 1953)
Action Date: 16-Jun-52
Service: Army
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Company: Infantry Company
Regiment: 17th Infantry Regiment
Division: 7th Infantry Division
   
Comments/Citation
Notes/Links:

ancestry.com census, etc.. 
http://www.koreanwar.org/html/korean_war_project_remembrance.html (memorials)
http://www.times-standard.com/ci_4088363 (local newspaper)
http://www.combatleadership.com/Heroes_Results.asp?MedalID=2187 (DSC)
http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=6960

Application for Headstone or Marker OQMG Form 623  dated 31 October 1952 (service and death info including interment in Sunset Memorial Park, Eureka, California.)

http://www.legaleagleproductions.com/default.asp?c=the17th  (unit history)
   
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