Robbins, Charles Lester, MSG

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Ordnance Corps
Last Primary MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist
Last MOS Group
Ordnance (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 55D, 85th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
Service Years
1949 - 1967

Master Sergeant

Seven Service Stripes

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles
Last Address
Los Angeles

Casualty Date
Feb 15, 1967
Hostile, Died
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
15E 035

 Official Badges 

Army Military Police WWII EOD Sleeve Insignia

 Unofficial Badges 

Military Police MP Shoulder Cord

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Explosives Ordnance Disposal (Senior)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1950, Basic Training (Fort Gordon, GA)1
 Unit Assignments
ARNG, California40th Infantry Division96th Military Police BattalionSpecial Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division
U.S. ArmySchool Assignments - Staff548th Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Control Team85th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
  1950-1953, 4677, 40th Military Police Company
  1952-1953, 4677, 40th Infantry Division
  1952-1953, 4677, 40th Infantry Division
  1953-1954, 4677, 62nd Military Police Company, 96th Military Police Battalion
  1954-1956, 4677, Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division
  1955-1955, 4677, Mine Warfare and Basic Demolition Course (USAREUR)
  1956-1956, 95B10, NCO Academy (Cadre) Fort Ord, CA
  1957-1957, 55D, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Phase II
  1957-1965, 55D, 49th Ordnance Detachment (EOD), 548th Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Control Team
  1965-1966, 55D, 548th Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Control Team
  1966-1967, 55D, 85th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Battle of the Imjin River
  1951-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 20, 2015, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

MSG Charles Lester Robbins was killed on 15 February 1967. MSG Robbins was assigned to 85th Ordnance Detachment (Explosive Disposal), 6th Ordnance Battalion, 45th General Support Group, Army Support Command Qui Nhon, 1st Logistical Command, Pleiku, Pleiku Province (today called Gia Lai Province), Republic of Vietnam. MSG Robbins, SP5 Lynch, and two non-Explosive Ordnance Disposal volunteers (CPT Bruce and PFC Paige) were attempting to clear a minefield near Plieku, Republic of Vietnam when the accident occurred. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was supporting 6th Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment in clearing three mine fields. A M16A1 antipersonnel mine detonated when MSG Robbins was either attempting to probe for it or safety it. Fragments from the explosion killed MSG Robbins. SP5 Lynch was severely injured and the two volunteers received minor injuries. MSG Robbins received a posthumous promotion and Purple Heart Medal.


Additional Facts: Service Number: RA19358513; MOS: 55D40; Born: 20 September 1928; Age: 38; Hometown: Los Angeles, California; Tour Started: 27 April 1966; Buried: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California, Plot: C, 60A; Vietnam Memorial: Panel 15E Row 035.

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