Tedford, Robert Austin, M/Sgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1733-Armored Light Tank Commander
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 1733, 25th Armored Reconnaissance Company
Service Years
1938 - 1950

Master Sergeant

Four Service Stripes

Ten Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Aug 12, 1950
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, South
Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
Location of Interment
Inglewood Park Cemetery - Inglewood, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War Fallen3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Association
  1950, Korean War Fallen2
  1988, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Association [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Army GarrisonsArmy Service Forces Training Centers1st Armored DivisionHQ Troops, Brooklyn Army Terminal, NY
US Army Materiel Command (AMC)II CorpsArmy Garrison Camp Roberts, CA25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1938-1939, Army Garrison Fort Roots, AR
  1939-1940, Army Service Forces Training Centers
  1940-1941, 746, 1st Armored Division
  1942-1942, 746, HQ Troops, Brooklyn Army Terminal, NY
  1942-1942, 812, Combat Equipment Base-North Atlantic (Hythe, England), Army Materiel Command Afloat
  1942-1942, 814, 1st Armored Division
  1943-1945, 814, II Corps
  1945-1945, 814, Army Garrison Camp Roberts, CA
  1945-1947, 814, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1947-1950, 814, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1950-1950, 1733, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1950-1950, 1733, 25th Armored Reconnaissance Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 WWII - American Theater
  1942-1945 World War II
  1942-1943 WWII - Africa Theater of Operations/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1942 WWII - Africa Theater of Operations/Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1942-1943 WWII - Africa Theater of Operations/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 WWII - Africa Theater of Operations/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Kasserine Pass
  1943-1943 WWII - Africa Theater of Operations/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Sidi Bouzid
  1945-1946 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 07, 2016, General Photos
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Last Known Activity

MSGT Tedford, Robert A. Army
Distinguished Service Cross
Master Sergeant Robert A. Tedford
U.S. Army

25th Recon Company
Date of Action: August 12, 1950

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Master Sergeant Robert A. Tedford (RA 06573405),  United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as a tank commander with the 25th Reconnaisssance Company, 25th Infantry Division.  Master Sergeant Tedford distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces in the vicinity of Pongon-ni, Korea, on 12 August 1950.  Master Sergeant Tedford led his tank and one other tank into Pongon-ni with the mission of dislodging the enemy and supporting the unit's supply route.  Realizing he was greatly outnumbered upon entering the town, he exposed himself in his turrent to obtain better visibility in directing his driver and gunner.  Sergeant Tedford refused to close the hatch on his tank and remained exposed while employing the .50 caliber machine-gun, and delivered a deadly hail of fire into the ranks of the enemy.  With utter disregard for his personal safety, he continued to fire his weapon until he was killed.  The accuracy of Sergeant Tedford's fire accounted for approximately fifty enemy dead, and his actions contributed materially to reopening the main supply route.

Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea:  General Orders No. 232
(April 23, 1951)
Home Town: Los Angeles
Robert A. Tedford attended ROTC at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles. He enlisted in the Army around 1938 eventualy ending up in 1st Armored Division at Fort Knox, Kentucky on 15 July, 1940.  They participated in maneuvers in September, 1941 and boarded the Queen Mary at the New York Port of embarkation, Brooklyn Army Terminal on May 11, 1942.  Five days later the soldiers of the Division landed in Northern Ireland.  On October 29, 1942 the division moved to England to depart for North Africa. Their 1st contact with the enemy was on November 8, 1942.  Sgt. Tedford, fought and served until he was captured by the Germans in North Africa (Tunisia).  He was taken prisoner reportedly on 15 February 1943 and held captive until June of 1945. He is listed as being held captive at Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia.  He returned to California where he re-enlisted on October 20, 1945 at Camp Roberts.  He enlisted for the Hawaiian Department.  His status during this three months (from June 1945 - October 1945) was National Guard in Federal Service.  He was born in Tulsa, OK about 1918 and was relocated to Los Angeles, CA some two years later. 
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