ROBERT L GROF
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HONORED ON PANEL 4W, LINE 115 OF THE WALL

ROBERT LESTER GROF

WALL NAME

ROBERT L GROF

PANEL / LINE

4W/115

DATE OF BIRTH

07/27/1938

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/10/1971

HOME OF RECORD

LANSING

COUNTY OF RECORD

Eaton County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

MAJ

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT LESTER GROF
POSTED ON 4.10.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Service Cross Award

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Armor) Robert L. Grof, 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 Troop D, 3d Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division. Captain Grof distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 19 June 1967 as an aircraft commander during an evacuation mission for the 9th Infantry Division. Hearing an urgent radio request to evacuate over one hundred casualties from a heated battle, Captain Grof flew to the unsecured area and landed to load the wounded. Intense machine gun fire raked the aircraft and wounded him in the face. Despite the pain of his injury, impairment of his sight and a crippled ship, he successfully flew out of the area to a treatment center. Upon reaching the hospital, Captain Grof volunteered to stay in his aircraft and returned to the beleaguered unit for more casualties. While patients were being loaded, the helicopter was rendered inoperative by numerous additional hits, one of which wounded Captain Grof a second time. Despite the incredibly intense fire directed on his craft, he remained aboard to radio other helicopters in the area to move to a more secure area. Seeing another ship crash nearby, he rushed to the scene and made repeated trips through an open rice paddy to help the survivors to safety. He then recovered vital ammunition from the downed craft and established a perimeter defense. He and his men successfully repelled the enemy until medical evacuation helicopters could land and evacuate them. Captain Grof's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/4774
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POSTED ON 4.10.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Service Medal Award

Major Robert Lester Grof was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, with Oak Leaf Cluster, for his exceptionally meritorious service to the government in a duty of great responsibility. He served as a Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander and was assigned to B TRP, 2ND SQDN, 17TH CAVALRY, 101ST ABN DIV.
See https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/133780333/robert-lester-grof
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POSTED ON 4.10.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Medal Award

Major Robert Lester Grof was awarded the Silver Star Medal, with Oak Leaf Cluster, for his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action. He served as a Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander and was assigned to B TRP, 2ND SQDN, 17TH CAVALRY, 101ST ABN DIV.
See https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/133780333/robert-lester-grof
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POSTED ON 4.10.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Vet

Bronze Star Medal Awards for Valor and Merit

Major Robert Lester Grof was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, with Combat Distinguishing Device (V), for his exemplary gallantry in action. He was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Merit for his sustained meritorious service. He served as a Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander and was assigned to B TRP, 2ND SQDN, 17TH CAVALRY, 101ST ABN DIV.
See http://www.coffeltdatabase.org/detreq2.php
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POSTED ON 4.10.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross Award

Major Robert Lester Grof was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, with Oak Leaf Cluster, for his heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. He served as a Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander and was assigned to B TRP, 2ND SQDN, 17TH CAVALRY, 101ST ABN DIV.
See https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/133780333/robert-lester-grof,
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