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is honored on Panel 5E, Line 114 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thanks

    Posted on 9/12/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear Captain Robert Caliboso,
    Thank you for your service as a Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander. As another summer comes to an end, it is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Thank you

    Posted on 6/21/17 - by Lindsay
    Thank you, Captain Caliboso for your sacrifice. I saw your name on the wall, and will keep you and your family in my prayers and thoughts.
  • God Bless My Uncle Sonny

    Posted on 5/28/17 - by Cullen Davidson III, LtCol, USMC (Retired)
    I was 6 years old when my Uncle Sonny was taken from his wife and three little girls while fighting in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. I wish he was here today to see how wonderful his daughters turned out and enjoy all of his terrific grand children.

    Uncle Sonny you are missed and loved by your entire family and will never be forgotten.

    You and your UH-1 helicopter crew volunteered to support US ground troops who were engaged with enemy and in desperate need of resupply. Even though you knew the risks, you and your crew pressed on with the dangerous mission and into the withering gun fight and accomplished your mission. You are a selfless Hero, a Patriot, and a Great American

    Semper Fi and God Bless you Uncle.
  • Distinguished Service Cross

    Posted on 3/5/17 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Robert Maluenda Caliboso
    Date of birth: 10-Feb-37
    Date of death: Killed in Action
    Home of record: Honolulu Hawaii
    Status: KIA


    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 Captain (Aviation) Robert Maluenda Caliboso (ASN: 0-89430), 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 B, 1st Aviation Battalion, 1st Infantry Division. Captain Caliboso distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry against an armed hostile enemy force at the cost of his life on 5 March 1966 in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain Caliboso was serving as Aircraft Commander of a UH-1D helicopter when he learned that the perimeter of the 2d Battalion, 28th Infantry was surrounded and under heavy attack by a regimental-sized Viet Cong force in the vicinity of Lai Khe, Binh Duong Province. The insurgents had pressed so close to the perimeter of the American units that mortar and supporting artillery fire were relatively ineffective and the defenders had begun to run critically short of small arms ammunition. Though they realized that a delivery of ammunition into the middle of a raging jungle battle was extremely hazardous and call for exposure to withering Viet Cong machine gun fire, Captain Caliboso and his crew voluntarily undertook to deliver fifteen hundred pounds of explosive cargo into the battle area. On the approach to the landing zone the helicopter and crew were hit time and time again by heavy machine gun and small arms fire. Knowing the ammunition was desperately needed to save the besieged Infantrymen, Captain Caliboso and his crew ignored their personal safety and continued through the heavy fire to the landing zone. The crew members began to unload the ammunition even though they were being repeatedly wounded by the ever increasing Viet Cong fire. Though the entire crew had been seriously wounded in their efforts, all the ammunition was successfully unloaded and Captain Caliboso managed to fly the helicopter out of its untenable position. Moments later the helicopter was shot down by a deadly cross fire of .50 caliber machine guns, killing all aboard. The heroic actions of Captain Caliboso and his crew supplied the needed ammunition to turn the tide of battle and save numerous American lives. Because of this ammunition resupply the heavily outnumbered Infantry units completely routed the insurgent force, killing over 200 Viet Cong and capturing supplies and equipment which included four .50 caliber machine guns. Captain Caliboso's conspicuous gallantry, at the cost of his life, was the mainstay of the successful camp defense. His actions were an inspiration to the American defenders, displaying magnificent leadership and conspicuous bravery. Although wounded, he never relented from his determined effort to resupply the heavily beleaguered Infantry units. Captain Caliboso's courage and determination, in the face of overwhelming firepower, 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: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 18 (April 18, 1967)

    Action Date: 5-Mar-66

    Service: Army

    Rank: Captain

    Company: Company B

    Battalion: 1st Aviation Battalion

    Division: 1st Infantry Division
  • Final Mission of CAPT Robert M. Caliboso

    Posted on 1/31/16 - by
    On March 5, 1966, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D (tail number 63-12995) from B Company, 1st Aviation Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, was on a resupply mission during Operation Cocoa Beach in the vicinity of Lo Ke plantation, about 4 miles north of Lai Khe Airfield. During the mission the aircraft was taken under hostile enemy fire from a 12.7 mm Chinese anti-aircraft weapon causing the helicopter to crash with the loss of all six personnel aboard. The lost crew members included pilot MAJ Lewis D. Bell, co-pilot CAPT Robert M. Caliboso, crew chief SP5 Danny A. Neth, and gunner SP5 Ray M. Barnwell, plus two passengers, CAPT Richard N. Gereau and SFC Gary W. Emmett. [Taken from]
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