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RICHARD RAY IRWIN JR

  • Wall Name:RICHARD R IRWIN JR
  • Date of Birth:3/25/1947
  • Date of Casualty:10/9/1967
  • Home of Record:ARCADIA
  • County of Record:LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:27E, 80
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TIN

ROBERT JAMES LAZARO

  • Wall Name:ROBERT J LAZARO
  • Date of Birth:3/29/1947
  • Date of Casualty:10/9/1967
  • Home of Record:GLENDORA
  • County of Record:CAMDEN COUNTY
  • State:NJ
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:2LT
  • Panel/Line:27E, 82
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TIN

ROBERT EDWARD KNADLE


is honored on Panel 27E, Line 81 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Distinguished Service Cross Citation

    Posted on 10/9/13 - by A Vietnam Vet
    Distinguished Service Cross

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers) Robert Edward Knadle (ASN: 0-5243162), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 35th Engineer Battalion, United States Army Engineer Command, Vietnam. Second Lieutenant Knadle distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 9 October 1967 while serving as platoon leader of an engineer unit operating near Phu Li Bridge. While en route to his base camp by jeep, Lieutenant Knadle and his squad were savagely ambushed by a numerically superior Viet Cong force firing automatic weapons and grenades from both sides of the road. He was wounded and the vehicle was disabled by the withering barrage. He quickly directed his men to defensive positions while he remained in the open by the jeep to radio for reinforcements and medical evacuation. Completely disregarding his own safety, he refused to take cover and maintained radio contact with friendly units coming to his assistance. The enemy forces concentrated their fire on his exposed position in an attempt to cut communications, and he was seriously wounded by exploding grenades. Heedless of bullets striking all around him, he refused aid and fought furiously to repel the mounting enemy attack. He was mortally wounded while gallantly leading his men in the face of grave danger. His fearless actions inspired his men to continue fighting until reinforcements arrived and defeated the determined hostile forces. Second Lieutenant Knadle's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
    General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 6340 (December 10, 1967)

    Action Date: 9-Oct-67

    Service: Army

    Rank: Second Lieutenant

    Company: Company A

    Battalion: 35th Engineer Battalion

    Division: U.S. Army Engineer Command, Vietnam
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/7/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 2LT Robert Edward Knadle, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/27/11 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Robert is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Not forgotten

    Posted on 9/26/05 - by Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67
    Robert, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you for protecting the freedoms we enjoy today.
    A true American hero.
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  • A just cause

    Posted on 10/9/03 - by Drew Bunting Buntings_hamps86@hotmail.com
    Hello, my name is DrewBunting. I am a senior at Gridley High School. As part of my school assignment, I am writing this remembrance. This person was very brave for dedicating his life in protecting a country that was not his own in order to protect that country’s citizens’ personal freedoms.
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