Grof, Robert Lester, MAJ

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 1981, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment/B Troop
Service Years
1961 - 1971



Three Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Apr 10, 1971
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Evergreen Cemetery - Lansing, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04W 115

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Armor Shoulder Cord

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1971, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Aviator Badge (Senior)

 Unit Assignments
3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry /D Troop2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment
  1967-1967, 1981, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry /D Troop
  1970-1971, 1981, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment/B Troop
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)/Operation Lam Son 719
 Colleges Attended 
Michigan State University
  1956-1960, Michigan State University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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 Captain (Armor) Robert L. Grof (ASN: 0-5513249), 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 Troop D, 3d Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division. Captain Grof distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 19 June 1967 as an aircraft commander during an evacuation mission for the 9th Infantry Division. Hearing an urgent radio request to evacuate over one hundred casualties from a heated battle, Captain Grof flew to the unsecured area and landed to load the wounded. Intense machine gun fire raked the aircraft and wounded him in the face. Despite the pain of his injury, impairment of his sight and a crippled ship, he successfully flew out of the area to a treatment center. Upon reaching the hospital, Captain Grof volunteered to stay in his aircraft and returned to the beleaguered unit for more casualties. While patients were being loaded, the helicopter was rendered inoperative by numerous additional hits, one of which wounded Captain Grof a second time. Despite the incredibly intense fire directed on his craft, he remained aboard to radio other helicopters in the area to move to a more secure area. Seeing another ship crash nearby, he rushed to the scene and made repeated trips through an open rice paddy to help the survivors to safety. He then recovered vital ammunition from the downed craft and established a perimeter defense. He and his men successfully repelled the enemy until medical evacuation helicopters could land and evacuate them. Captain Grof'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. 3228 (July 8, 1968)

Action Date: 19-Jun-67

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: Troop D, 3d Squadron

Regiment: 5th Cavalry Regiment

Division: 9th Infantry Division
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 04W 115
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