Murray, Robert Charles, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 11B10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
Service Years
1969 - 1970

Staff Sergeant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Date
Jun 07, 1970
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Gate of Heaven Cemetery - Hawthorne, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
09W 024

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Noncommissioned Officers Candidate Course (NCOCC) Fort Benning, GA4th Battalion, 31st Infantry 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1969-1969, 11B10, Noncommissioned Officers Candidate Course (NCOCC) Fort Benning, GA
  1969-1970, 11B10, B Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry
  1969-1970, 11B10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
 Colleges Attended 
Fordham UniversityHarvard University
  1964-1968, Fordham University
  1968-1969, Harvard University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Priot to his entry in the Army in 1969, Sgt. Murray was a graduate of Fordham University, and was studying at Harvard Business School (MBA 1970 Section F). He received a draft notice and joinedup.  He attended the NCOC Academy at Fort Benning that graduated in July 1969, Class 38-69.

During his tour in Vietnam that began in November 1969, SSgt. Murray served with Company B, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade, 23d Infantry Division.

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Robert Charles Murray, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a squad leader with Company B, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Hiep Duc, Republic of Vietnam, on 7 June 1970.

Staff Sergeant Murray's squad was searching for an enemy mortar that had been threatening friendly positions when a member of the squad tripped an enemy grenade rigged as a booby trap. Realizing that he had activated the enemy booby trap, the soldier shouted for everybody to take cover. Instantly assessing the danger to the men of his squad, Staff Sergeant Murray unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own safety, threw himself on the grenade absorbing the full and fatal impact of the explosion.

By his gallant action and self sacrifice, he prevented the death or injury of the other members of his squad. Staff Sergeant Murray's extraordinary courage and gallantry, at the cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 41 (September 6, 1974) Action Date: June 7, 1970
Service: Army
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Company: Company B
Battalion: 4th Battalion
Regiment: 31st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade
Division: Americal Division
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