Robinson, James William, Jr., SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
1958 - 1966


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hinsdale, IL
Last Address
Lyons, IL

Casualty Date
Apr 11, 1966
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Clarendon Hills Cemetery - Darien, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
06E 103

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Infantry Shoulder Cord

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US Marine Corps Honorable Discharge Jungle Expert Badge

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1958, Army Basic Training Waived (USMC Prior Service)
 Unit Assignments
US Marine CorpsUS Army South (USARSO)2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry1st Infantry Division
  1958-1961, US Marine Corps
  1964-1965, US Army South (USARSO)
  1965-1966, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry/C Company
  1965-1966, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Abilene
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Army Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Company C was engaged in fierce combat with a Viet Cong battalion. Despite the heavy fire, Sgt. Robinson moved among the men of his fire team, instructing and inspiring them, and placing them in advantageous positions. Enemy snipers located in nearby trees were inflicting heavy casualties on forward elements of Sgt. Robinson's unit. Upon locating the enemy sniper whose fire was taking the heaviest toll, he took a grenade launcher and eliminated the sniper. Seeing a medic hit while administering aid to a wounded sergeant in front of his position and aware that now the 2 wounded men were at the mercy of the enemy, he charged through a withering hail of fire and dragged his comrades to safety, where he rendered first aid and saved their lives. As the battle continued and casualties mounted, Sgt. Robinson moved about under intense fire to collect from the wounded their weapons and ammunition and redistribute them to able-bodied soldiers. Adding his fire to that of his men, he assisted in eliminating a major enemy threat. Seeing another wounded comrade in front of his position, Sgt. Robinson again defied the enemy's fire to effect a rescue. In so doing he was himself wounded in the shoulder and leg. Despite his painful wounds, he dragged the soldier to shelter and saved his life by administering first aid. While patching his own wounds, he spotted an enemy machinegun which had inflicted a number of casualties on the American force. His rifle ammunition expended, he seized 2 grenades and, in an act of unsurpassed heroism, charged toward the entrenched enemy weapon. Hit again in the leg, this time with a tracer round which set fire to his clothing, Sgt. Robinson ripped the burning clothing from his body and staggered indomitably through the enemy fire, now concentrated solely on him, to within grenade range of the enemy machinegun position. Sustaining 2 additional chest wounds, he marshaled his fleeting physical strength and hurled the 2 grenades, thus destroying the enemy gun position, as he fell dead upon the battlefield. His magnificent display of leadership and bravery saved several lives and inspired his soldiers to defeat the numerically superior enemy force. Sgt. Robinson's conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity, at the cost of his life, are in keeping with the finest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon the 1st Infantry Division and the U.S. Armed Forces.


Robinson graduated from Morton High School in 1958 and enlisted in the U.S. Marines, serving primarily in Okinawa. After his service, Robinson worked in the private sector in northern Virginia, then re-enlisted, this time in the U.S. Army. Assigned to duty in Panama, Robinson relentlessly requested a transfer to Southeast Asia, which was finally granted in 1965. Robinson Secondary School in Northern Virginia's Fairfax County, which opened in 1971, is named in his honor, as is Robinson Elementary School in Lyons, Illinois. Sgt. Robinson's Medal of Honor was donated to Robinson Secondary School by his parents. The Medal is displayed in the school's main hall and has served as an inspiration to the school's Fairfax and Burke student population for many years. 

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