Roberts, Richard Dean, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 11B10, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division
Service Years
1968 - 1969

Sergeant First Class



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1948
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SFC Scott Daniels to remember Roberts, Richard Dean (Dick), SFC.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lansing
Last Address
Lansing

Casualty Date
Mar 25, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Kontum (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28W 040

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division
  1968-1969, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment
  1968-1969, 11B10, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SFC Roberts served with B Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.  He went missing during operations near the Cambodian border. Their action had begun on 24 March when they first came into contact with enemy troops.

They were last seen  approximately 1 mile north of Dak Seang, 2 miles due west of the tri-border junction where South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia join, 13 miles west-northwest of Dak To and 35 miles north-northwest of the town of Kontum, Kontum Province, South Vietnam.

On 5 April, a search of the area by a reconnaissance team found some letters belonging to PFC Hicks along with the cover from a Bible belonging to PFC Herrera, but there was no sign of the three missing soldiers. Because of the heavy enemy presence in the area, it was believed by the military that it was entirely possible they were captured. At the time the formal search was terminated, PFC Prentice Hicks, PFC Frederick Herrera and PFC Dick Roberts were all listed Missing In Action.

 

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant First Class [then Private First Class] Richard Dean Roberts, United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations in the Republic of Vietnam, on 25 March 1969, while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.

His actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 5 (March 7, 1979)
Action Date: March 25, 1969
Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant First Class
Company: Company B
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 8th Infantry Regiment
Division: 4th Infantry Division
   
Comments/Citation
 

I came across SFC Roberts' profile while searching for old buddies.  While doing so, I looked down at my wrist, at the scratched and worn POW/MIA bracelet that has adorned my wrist since 1992 which bears SFC Roberts' name.  I decided I would look to see if he had a profile, and lo and behold, he did.  Then I saw it was up for "adoption" and figured this would be a great chance to learn about and honor the warrior who's name I've worn as a rememberance and legacy for most of my military career.

I made a rubbing of his name when I visited the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. and have it to this day.

Here are some statistics on this brother-in-arms:

PERSONAL DATA
  Home of Record: Lansing, Michigan
  Date of birth:  Friday, 04/30/1948

MILITARY DATA
  Service:  Army  (Selective Service)
  Grade at loss:  E3
  Rank:  Sergeant First Class (See Note below)
  ID No:  381466230
  MOS:  11B10 Infantryman
  LenSvc:  Not recorded
  Unit:  B CO, 1ST BN, 8TH INF RGT, 4 INF DIV
  Note:  E3 at loss. Promoted while in MIA status

CASUALTY DATA
  Start Tour:  Not recorded
  Incident Date:  Tuesday, 03/25/1969
  Change Status:  Monday, 07/31/1978
                  Missing to Died while Missing
  Age at Loss:  20
  Remains:  Body Not Recovered
  Location:  Kontum, South Vietnam
  Type:  Hostile, Died While Missing
  Reason:  Not Reported - Ground Casualty

   
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