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is honored on Panel 4E, Line 27 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Bob

    Posted on 1/1/19
    Bob...Honoring you on your birthday..God Bless.
  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 12/18/18 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Robert J. Wilkins

    Silver Star
    DURING Vietnam War
    Service: Marine Corps
    Rank: Lance Corporal
    Battalion: 2d Battalion
    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal Robert J. Wilkins (MCSN: 2100350), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with Company H, Second Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force in Vietnam, on 18 December 1965. Near the Da Dong Village, Company H was ambushed by a large enemy force employing small arms and mortar fire. During the first moments of the ensuing firefight, Corporal Wilkins was badly wounded in the foot and leg. Immediately he was directed to move to a helicopter landing zone on a hill not far from the scene of the fighting. While waiting for evacuation he heard cries for help to bring up the other wounded. Ignoring the pain and despite instructions to remain at the landing zone, he made his way back down the hill to the scene of the bitterest fighting, a distance of 400 meters. Discovering that his mangled foot would prevent him from physically carrying the wounded, he got into position and gave covering fire for them and helped in carrying their gear back to the landing zone. On his second trip, he immediately went to the aid of a seriously wounded corpsman. While helping to carry the injured man to the landing zone, he was struck and fatally wounded. By his initiative, heroic actions and devotion to duty, Corporal Wilkins reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.
  • Face of a Hero

    Posted on 8/29/18 - by Sel J. Wong
    This is his boot camp photo from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Platoon 284. He earned the title “U.S. Marine” on December 2, 1964.

    Thank you for your service to our great country my brother. Semper Fi.
  • I miss you big brother

    Posted on 6/24/18 - by Pat Spence
    50+ years after your death I still cry. You were the best. Life moved on after you were gone. You would like my second husband more than the first. Me too I have 3 boys: Shawn, Scott and Tyson. I tried to raise them do be like you. I now have seven grandchildren including two sets of twins. I look forward to seeing you again in heaven. Love you.
  • Never Forget

    Posted on 4/9/15 - by Ron Borgschulte, Vietnam Veteran, 1968, AirForce
    I will never forget you, Bobby. We lived in Powell Terrace as children. I was so saddened by your loss, but so proud of the sacrifice you made for a fellow Marine and your country. I could not imagine the pain your mother, father, and your sister, Patty, felt when they received the news of your passing. I thought of you often, while in Vietnam and continue to so many years later. You are my hero.
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The Wall of Faces

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