Byrnes, Robert Scott, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery (1957-1968)
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 1193, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment/D Company
Service Years
1965 - 1968

Field Artillery (1957-1968)

First Lieutenant

One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Carmichael, California
Last Address
Carmichael, California

Casualty Date
Feb 09, 1968
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mount Calvary Cemetery - Sacramento, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 38E Line 046

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1965, Basic Training (Fort Ord, CA)
 Unit Assignments
Officer Candidate School (Artillery) Fort Sill, OK82nd Field Artillery Regiment196th Infantry Brigade (Light) 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment
  1965-1966, 1193, Officer Candidate School (Artillery) Fort Sill, OK
  1967-1968, 1193, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment/A Battery
  1967-1968, 1193, 196th Infantry Brigade (Light) /HHC
  1968-1968, 1193, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment/D Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Battle of Lo Giang
 Colleges Attended 
American River College
  1963-1965, American River College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Aug 27, 2015, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Date of Birth December 16, 1944
Roman Catholic

  • Father - Lieutenant  Augustus McCaleb Byrnes III 1926 - 2005
  • Mother - Marion Ellen Byrnes 1925 - 1993
  • Brother James McCaleb Byrnes

Schools - Carmichael, California:
  • Our Lady of The Assumption School
  • La Sierra High School, 1963
  • American River College

Married - January 1968 while on R & R in Hawaii.
Newlywed 1LT Byrnes and his best man was CPL Darrel A. Bondrowski RTO in Vietnam,   They died together in Vietnam.

Age at Death 23

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The La Sierra High School Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located on the grounds of the Earl J. Koobs Nature Study Area, adjacent to Garfield Elementary School in Carmichael, CA. The memorial is dedicated to 15 former students of La Sierra High School who lost their lives in Vietnam. The land for the nature area was purchased by students from La Sierra High School and Garfield Elementary in 1971. It was dedicated to Earl J. Koobs in 1973, to honor his inspiration for and dedication to the area. The La Sierra High School Vietnam Veterans Memorial was created the same year and is one of the first known Vietnam memorials in California. It was crafted in the high school metal shop by students wanting to remember their classmates lost during the war. While access to the site is limited, each Memorial Day and Veterans Day a ceremony takes place honoring those who sacrificed their lives for their country.
Field Artillery OCS Class 20-66 Fort Sill Oklahoma
1LT Byrnes was assigned to Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Artillery, 196th Light Infantry Brigade. He was killed in action during a firefight while serving as a Forward Observer with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Division.
Randy Dunham
Field Artillery OCS Alumni

OCS Classmate.
Bob was a classmate of mine at Artillery OCS. I was the XO of the firing battery which was supporting Bob the day he was killed (there may have been more than one battery firing; it was one hell of a fight). I still think about that day and how awful I felt about his death. He was a wonderful guy and I still mourn his loss.
Mat Millenbach

Officer Candidate Schoolmate.
I first met Bob when we started Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill OK, in September of 1965. Over the six months of OCS, Bob and I became close friends. Bob had a tremendous vitality for life and had honesty and passion and most of all leadership that was very recognizable. The two of us came from different parts of the country and really had little in common; however I will always remember the special friendship that we formed during a very challenging time in our lives. Later in our OCS experience when we were lucky enough to have weekend passes. He had a brand new olds 442 with a 4 speed. I would go for rides in Bob's new car, what a car. We had many long talks and shared the feelings that we had about our families and our dreams. Bob was very outgoing and I was not, as we seemed to complement each other and be a good team. In April of 1966 when we became Senior Candidates, Bob and I performed a Smothers Brothers Act during our Senior Candidate Ball, at the Fort Sill Officers Club and just about brought the house down. After May of 1967, I never saw Bob again. He was so good at OCS school they keep Bob as a teacher. Everyone loved Bob at OCS. I served with the 75th Rangers in Vietnam and returned to the States in early January of 1968. After a thirty day leave I was assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia to the Ranger Department. In February of '68, while reading the Army times in the Day room of the Ranger School I discovered that Bob had been killed. I broke down and cried like a baby. In the years since then I often think about Bob and although it is painful to think of his death I seem to always get a smile on my face when I think about our special friendship and the fun we had together. Bob will always be in my heart and his friendship and his family will be part of who I am forever.
Prescott Smith
We served together at OCS

A Fallen Friend I Have Never Forgotten. I Still Mourn Him After 40 Years!
Our paths widened after we joined the military. It was March, 1967 and Bob was in route to some special training prior to being sent to Viet Nam. Bob looked great and sincerely liked the Army. I never saw him again; I remember the news of his death and the flag-draped casket at the funeral home. REST EASY.
Ron Arts
We served together

Outstanding Officer
I served with Lt. Bob Byrnes in Nam and he was a very special person and officer. I was saddened by his passing along with others. I had been on a few patrols with him and I always remember him. The maps were bad over there. He never got upset and would always get us back safely. He was an outstanding Officer and Gentleman. You will always be in my memory with your smile. God Bless You Lt. Bob Byrnes
We served together in Vietnam

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