ROBERT L HORST
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HONORED ON PANEL 2W, LINE 131 OF THE WALL

ROBERT LOUIS HORST

WALL NAME

ROBERT L HORST

PANEL / LINE

2W/131

DATE OF BIRTH

06/20/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/07/1972

HOME OF RECORD

SPRINGFIELD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Greene County

STATE

MO

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CWO

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT LOUIS HORST
POSTED ON 1.4.2019
POSTED BY: James Cox

Flew with him

I was a SP/4 crew member with Mr. Horst in the fall of 1971, while serving with the 283rd medical detatchment air ambulance, stationed in Long Binh. He was a dedicated pilot. I left VN on December 7, 1971 and only learned of his death while corresponding with a fellow veteran in the summer of 1972. I was devastated. God be with him.
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POSTED ON 8.17.2017
POSTED BY: Mark Estep

Items Left

CWO Robert Horst was married to my aunt when I was 10 years old. I barely knew him but his passing made a great impact in my life. I was honored for many years to be in possession of his dress uniform hat (cover?). I cherished it for many years but to me it had a greater purpose. I was moved to leave it at his panel on the wall during a visit in 2002. It still amazes me that someone I only knew so briefly could still make a lasting impression over 40 years later.
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POSTED ON 4.7.2015
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet, WIA

Distinguished Service Cross Citation (full)

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 Chief Warrant Officer Robert Louis Horst, United States Army (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force on 7 April 1972 while serving as the Aircraft Commander of an unarmed medical evacuation helicopter in the 283d Medical Detachment, while attempting to evacuate three American advisors and one Army of the Republic of Vietnam captain after their convoy had been ambushed by an estimated battalion of highly trained North Vietnamese troops north of the city of An Loc, Republic of Vietnam. Chief Warrant Officer Horst heard about the stranded, critically-wounded Americans, who at the time were completely surrounded by the North Vietnamese ground element, as he flew out to evacuate an American medic who had been wounded while his crew unsuccessfully attempted to extract the besieged Americans. After landing at the staging area of Song Be, chief Warrant Officer Horst received a briefing during which he was informed that the enemy was in possession of numerous anti-aircraft weapons, and the continuous air strikes delivered to the enemy element had been to no avail in slaking the withering fire directed on any and all aircraft attempting to fly in the vicinity. Chief Warrant Officer Horst demonstrating indomitable courage, complete disregard for his own safety and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, elected to go to the site and attempt a rescue. Although three attempts had been previously made to extract the wounded personnel, they had all bee repulsed by the deadly hail of enemy fire. At the site the enemy troops began to make bold advances on the American position despite heavy rocket attacks by the helicopter gunships. Chief Warrant Officer Horst sensing that any further delay might cost the lives of the wounded on the ground, began his approach and landed on the highway. When he did not immediately see the wounded Americans, he hovered down the highway amidst withering fire directed at him from all positions around the aircraft. It was during this heroic and humane attempt to locate the survivors, that chief Warrant Officer Horst was struck and killed by enemy fire. Chief Warrant Officer Horst's feats of gallantry were an inspiration to all who observed and reflect great credit on him and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 40 (October 27, 1972)

Action Date: 7-Apr-72

Service: Army

Rank: Chief Warrant Officer

Regiment: 283d Medical Detachment
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POSTED ON 12.2.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CWO Robert Louis Horst, 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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POSTED ON 6.17.2011

Remembered

Remembered
Rest in peace with the warriors.
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