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ROBERT LEROY WORTHINGTON


is honored on Panel 27W, Line 69 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • My Uncle Bob

    Posted on 11/20/17 - by C. Worthington
    To us, he was uncle Bob...my dad's brother. I was just 4 years old at the time of his death, so my memories are vague, although I definitely remember the impact of his death on our family, which was complete and utter grief. My oldest brother went to serve in Viet Nam, shortly after Uncle Bob died, and to say that my parents worried, would be a major understatement. My dad (Bob's brother), died at a young age, as well, just 5 years later, due to complications of surgery. Most things I know, I learned from my mom, as well as my cousin (Bob's son). I remember my mom telling me about his funeral, and about the 21 gun salute at Rosecrans. He left behind a wife, 4 sons and 1 daughter, as well as his parents, brother, nieces, nephews, and a grandfather, all of whom loved him dearly.
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  • Final Mission of HMC Robert L. Worthington

    Posted on 10/10/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    During the late afternoon of April 12, 1968, a river patrol flotilla of eight Patrol Craft Fast (PCF), or swift boats, from Task Force 116 with 6th Battalion VNMC troops embarked, conducted a sweep operation along the Duon Keo River. About 2 miles southwest of Duong Keoin in An Xugen Province, RVN, a large enemy-initiated firefight by an estimated two Viet Cong companies was unleashed as the PCF’s moved in column formation. PCF-43, commanded by LTJG Donald G. Droz, was the last to enter the ambush zone. His 50-foot aluminum PCF boats was unwieldy and slow due to excess weight. The Viet Cong had plenty of time to sight in on the slow boat. Her position as last in the file, aggravated by her heavy load, combined to seal her doom. As the lead boats were exiting the kill zone and scrambling to safety upstream, the 43 was just arriving. All the other boats had accelerated away, while the 43, succumbing to her bulk, fell farther behind until she was relatively alone, the only thing for the VC to aim at in the center of the kill zone. A B-40 rocket crashed into the helm and killed LT Droz, while another rocket came toward the stern and went under the flak jacket of the corpsman, HMC Robert L. Worthington, instantly killing him and wounding two others. When the Officer in Charge died, his body fell onto the wheel while the boat was traveling at full speed, causing it to careen into the bank right at the kill zone. When the boat hit the bank, the angle was such that the hull was at a 45 degree angle leaning away from the ambush. There was a bunker not 20 feet from the bow of the boat with two VC in it. The enemy did not organize immediately which allowed time for the besieged sailors and VN Marines to set up a hasty perimeter around the boat. PCF’s 5 and 31 returned alongside to assist the stricken PCF 43, and delivered a heavy volume of fire at the enemy. Navy Seawolves attack helicopters reacted within five minutes and placed heavy machine gun fire into the area. Enemy fire was suppressed and all personnel were removed from PCF 43. Apart from the two fatalities aboard PCF 43, another sailor from PCF 31, QM3 Thomas E. Holloway, was also killed. There were 33 wounded Americans in the flotilla, and two Vietnamese Marines killed, with 13 wounded. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Randy Piper (October 2003) at virtualwall.org]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/2/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear HMC Robert Leroy Worthington, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 10/10/13 - by Robert Sage
    Robert's burial site has been determined to be at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery not at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman,TX.
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 2/1/11
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
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