Van Duyne, Robert Schuyler, 1SG

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Last Rank
First Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11G50-Infantry Senior Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 11C40, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment/C Company
Service Years
1947 - 1966
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Eight Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Beverly Hills , CA
Last Address
Beverly Hills , CA

Casualty Date
May 11, 1966
Hostile, Died
Other Cause
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
A-E, 1122

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne 82nd Airborne Division's Distinguished Trooper Award

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Senior Parachutist

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment24th Infantry Division278th Infantry Brigade31st Infantry Division
82nd Airborne Division2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1950-1951, 1812, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment/B Company
  1950-1951, 1812, 24th Infantry Division
  1952-1952, 1812, 278th Infantry Brigade
  1952-1952, 1812, 31st Infantry Division
  1954-1958, 11C40, 82nd Airborne Division
  1966-1966, 11C40, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment/C Company
  1966-1966, 11C40, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
 Colleges Attended 
  1953-1954, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles CA
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

11 May 1966, First Sergeant Robert Schuyler Van Duyne, Charlie Company had spent the previous night at outpost Ann Margaret as our company's rotation to man the outpost.  Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie companies took turns manning the post when not in the field or in camp on emergency rescue duty.  The Company commander and Top (First Sergeant Robert Van Duyne) were with us, which was unusual, since Ann Margaret was only 500 yards from Cu Chi camps borders.   But because of all the VC activity over the past several weeks, they were with us that particular time.  We had been probed almost continuously that particular night taking lots of small arms and mortar fire (no casualties).  At first light the First Sergeant decided to see "if he could find out where the VC were coming from and how they got so close."  He went from bunker to bunker looking for signs of VC activity.  And while looking for signs of activity he wandered into our mine field on the perimeter of Ann Margaret.  The mine field was not marked and had been set up to trap the VC, who had probed almost on a nightly basis, while trying to sneak into the outpost.   The mine blew off both his legs just below the hips and he bled to death in minutes.  It was a bad, bad scene to watch the color drain out of him and not be able to reach him to do anything.  One medic did run through the mine field and safely reached him, but the Sergeant was already dead.  I still don't know how he managed to get to him without stepping on another mine.  Having reached him, the only thing the medic could do was lay on his dead body to avoid detonating another mine, and wait until the rest of us could reach them.  As I recall, several men were wounded that day during the recovery operation.  I remember this day so vividly because it was the first Dust Off I ever called in.  The entire company was in shock because the mines were ours, and no one had told us about them.  As I recall, Top planned to retire in six months, after serving 30 years in the Army.  He was our first casualty killed by our own ordinance.

[Thanks to Sgt. Terry Harwell for his recollections of the events at outpost Ann Margaret on May 11, 1966.  He later became company RTO, and was subsequently wounded on December 27, 1966]


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