*ROBERT D. LAW

(Ranger)75th Infantry

Medal of Honor

Recipient

 

SPEC 4 ROBERT D. LAW

 

22 February 1969

UNITED STATES ARMY

Company I (Ranger)

75th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division


Tinh Phuoc Thanh Province

Republic of Viet Nam

Citation:

SPECIALIST FOURTH CLASS ROBERT D. LAW, UNITED STATES ARMY, Company I (Ranger), 75th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, distinguished himself while serving in Tinh Phuoc Thanh Province, Republic of Vietnam. On 22 February 1969, while on a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol, Specialist Law and five Comrades made contact with a small enemy patrol. As the opposing elements exchanged intense fire, he maneuvered to a perilously exposed position flanking his comrades and began placing suppressive fire on the hostile troops. Although his team was short of ammunition and suffering from an Unidentified Irritating Gas in the Air, Specialist Law’s spirited defense and challenging counterassault rallied his fellow soldiers against the well equipped hostile force. When an enemy grenade landed in his team’s position, Specialist Law, instead of diving for safety in the stream behind him, threw himself on the grenade to save the lives of his comrades. 

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