Plotts, Robert Lee, I, CSM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Command Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
00Z-Command Sergeant Major IN
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1971-1972, 11Z50, HHC, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Service Years
1942 - 1972
Foreign Language(s)
Romanian
Vietnamese
Russian


Special Forces
Command Sergeant Major


Eight Service Stripes



Thirteen Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Nebraska
Nebraska
Year of Birth
1926
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Fairbury
Last Address
Linden, NC

Date of Passing
Nov 14, 2009
 
Location of Interment
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Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Special Forces Group


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Last Known Activity
CSM Robert L. Plotts I

LINDEN - Retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Lee Plotts I, 83, of 7085 Plotts Drive, went home to be with the Lord, on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born on June 13, 1926, to the late Myrtle Galloway Plotts and Leon T. Plotts, in Detroit. Mr. Plotts served our country for 26 years during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, receiving a Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and also the Army Commendation Medal. He also served in the occupation of Laos and the Bay of Pigs. The first part of his military career he spent in the 504th Infantry Regiment and the 82nd Airborne Division. The final and longest part of his career he spent in the respected division, Special Forces. He was part of the 77th, 10th, 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th Special Forces Groups. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Lee Plotts II; and a daughter, Emma Marian Hales. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mildred R. Plotts of the home; a son Johnny Plotts of Linden; a granddaughter, Becky Hales; and a grandson Bobby Plotts, both of Linden; two great-grandsons, Tommy Hales of the home, and Robby Plotts of Virginia Beach, Va.; a great-granddaughter, Taylor Polston of Fayetteville; four half sisters, Angie Plotts of Detroit, and Susan Plotts, Mary Lou Plotts and Judy Plotts, all of Michigan; four half brothers, Charles Plotts, Jack Plotts, Jerry Plotts and Larry Plotts, all of Michigan. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home in Fayetteville. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, with Dr. Gerry Davis officiating. He will be laid to rest in St. Andrews United Methodist Church cemetery with the rendering of full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Andrews United Methodist Church Building Fund, 121 Lofton Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28311-3426. Pallbearers: Dan Pietz, Gordon McRae, Steve McGraw, Ed Norris, Craig Morris, Mark Tomeucci, Ricky Knight and Bobby Salmon. Honorary: Faith Lessons Sunday school class, Hardees Liars Club and Dr. Godfrey Ohadugha. Services entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home of Fayetteville.

   
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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
Start Year
1965
End Year
1966

Description
This campaign was from 25 December 1965 to 30 June 1966. United States operations after 1 July 1966 were a continuation of the earlier counteroffensive campaign. Recognizing the interdependence of political, economic, sociological, and military factors, the Joint Chiefs of Staff declared that American military objectives should be to cause North Vietnam to cease its control and support of the insurgency in South Vietnam and Laos, to assist South Vietnam in defeating Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces in South Vietnam, and to assist South Vietnam in pacification extending governmental control over its territory.

North Vietnam continued to build its own forces inside South Vietnam. At first this was done by continued infiltration by sea and along the Ho Chi Minh trail and then, in early 1966, through the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). U.S. air elements received permission to conduct reconnaissance bombing raids, and tactical air strikes into North Vietnam just north of the DMZ, but ground forces were denied authority to conduct reconnaissance patrols in the northern portion of the DMZ and inside North Vietnam. Confined to South Vietnamese territory U.S. ground forces fought a war of attrition against the enemy, relying for a time on body counts as one standard indicator for measuring successful progress for winning the war.

During 1966 there were eighteen major operations, the most successful of these being Operation WHITE WING (MASHER). During this operation, the 1st Cavalry Division, Korean units, and ARVN forces cleared the northern half of Binh Dinh Province on the central coast. In the process they decimated a division, later designated the North Vietnamese 3d Division. The U.S. 3d Marine Division was moved into the area of the two northern provinces and in concert with South Vietnamese Army and other Marine Corps units, conducted Operation HASTINGS against enemy infiltrators across the DMZ.

The largest sweep of 1966 took place northwest of Saigon in Operation ATTLEBORO, involving 22,000 American and South Vietnamese troops pitted against the VC 9th Division and a NVA regiment. The Allies defeated the enemy and, in what became a frequent occurrence, forced him back to his havens in Cambodia or Laos.

By 31 December 1966, U.S. military personnel in South Vietnam numbered 385,300. Enemy forces also increased substantially, so that for the same period, total enemy strength was in excess of 282,000 in addition to an estimated 80,000 political cadres. By 30 June 1967, total U.S. forces in SVN had risen to 448,800, but enemy strength had increased as well.

On 8 January U.S. and South Vietnamese troops launched separate drives against two major VC strongholds in South Vietnam-in the so-called "Iron Triangle" about 25 miles northwest of Saigon. For years this area had been under development as a VC logistics base and headquarters to control enemy activity in and around Saigon. The Allies captured huge caches of rice and other foodstuffs, destroyed a mammoth system of tunnels, and seized documents of considerable intelligence value.

In February, the same U.S. forces that had cleared the "Iron Triangle", were committed with other units in the largest allied operation of the war to date, JUNCTION CITY. Over 22 U.S. and four ARVN battalions engaged the enemy, killing 2,728. After clearing this area, the Allies constructed three airfields; erected a bridge and fortified two camps in which CIDG garrisons remained as the other allied forces withdrew.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1965
To Year
1966
 
Last Updated:
Sep 30, 2010
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)

174th Assault Helicopter Company

I Corps/29th Civil Affairs Company

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  2432 Also There at This Battle:
  • Adkins, Bennie G., CSM, (1956-1978)
  • Allman, Timothy, SGT, (1965-1973)
  • Anderson, Phil 'Red', SGT, (1964-1968)
  • Antalick, Steven, SGT, (1966-1967)
  • Anthony, Michael, SP 5, (1965-1967)
  • Arbuthnot, Frank, SP 6, (1963-1971)
  • Archuleta, Michael, SP 5, (1965-1968)
  • Arnett, Arthur, 1SG, (1962-1985)
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