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Major Carroll was commissioned as a second lieutenant from the University of Montana Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Then Captain Carroll was completing his second tour of duty in Vietnam (began 23 July 1967), having served previously in 1963 when he was killed in action. He commanded Company B, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, lst Air Cavalry Division, which was the spearhead company sent in to relieve the siege at Khe Sanh.
Major Carroll was interred in Ft. Benning Post Cemetery, Fort Benning, Georgia
Distinguished Service Cross
Awarded posthumously 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 pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Infantry) Robert Hugh Carroll, 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 B, 2d Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division.
Captain Carroll distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 12 May 1968 as an infantry company commander during a search and destroy mission in the vicinity of Lai An, Quang Tri Province. His reconnaissance platoon came under heavy attack by a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army element. Captain Carroll immediately organized a relief force and led it across a thousand meters of open terrain completely exposed to enemy gunners and artillery. Reaching his beleaguered troops, he found that both the platoon leader and platoon sergeant were casualties and quickly re-established order and confidence. With complete disregard for his safety, Captain Carroll maneuvered from man to man through a barrage of North Vietnamese artillery and mortars to inform each soldier of his rapidly devised withdrawal plan. The enemy launched a ground attack before his troops could break contact, but it was successfully repulsed. Captain Carroll then signaled to start the withdrawal and exposed himself to a renewed hostile bombardment to direct his men's movement. As he moved among them he was mortally wounded by an exploding enemy mortar round.
Captain Carroll 's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, 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. 5214 (November 8, 1968)
Action Date: 12-May-68
Company: Company B
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 5th Cavalry Regiment
Division: 1st Cavalry Division