ROBERT P MARSDEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 5W, LINE 57 OF THE WALL

ROBERT PAUL MARSDEN

WALL NAME

ROBERT P MARSDEN

PANEL / LINE

5W/57

DATE OF BIRTH

05/05/1951

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/20/1971

HOME OF RECORD

RANDOLPH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Norfolk County

STATE

MA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT PAUL MARSDEN
POSTED ON 9.10.2019
POSTED BY: Sel J. Wong

Face of a Hero

Face of a Hero
This is his boot camp photo from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Platoon 2025. He earned the title “U.S. Marine” on October 10, 1969.

Thank you for your service to our great country my brother. Semper Fi.
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POSTED ON 1.20.2019
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Silver Star Citation

Robert Paul Marsden

Silver Star
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Corporal
Battalion: 3d Battalion
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
GENERAL ORDERS:

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Robert Paul Marsden (MCSN: 12404784), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 20 January 1971, Corporal Marsden's squad was pinned down by intense enemy fire from North Vietnamese Army soldiers occupying well-concealed emplacements in a tree line. Observing two wounded Marines fall in dangerous proximity to the enemy positions, Corporal Marsden unhesitatingly left his relative secure location behind a rice paddy dike and, with complete disregard for his own safety, ran across the hazardous terrain to the side of his companions. Using his own body as a shield for his comrades, he delivered intense fire into the tree line then, seemingly oblivious to the rounds impacting around him, he fearlessly dragged one of the stricken men to a covered location. Aware that the hostile fire had greatly increased, Corporal Marsden directed two of his fire teams to provide covering fire while a third executed an encircling movement around the tree line. However, realizing the dangerous position in which the second wounded man lay, he elected to rush to his aid before the maneuver was completed, but, when halfway to his objective, was seriously wounded by an enemy round. Resolutely determined to save his fellow Marine, he fought desperately to remain alert and, despite suffering extreme pain and loss of blood, continued to crawl toward his comrade until he succumbed to his wounds, just short of reaching the casualty. By his indomitable courage, selfless concern for his fellowman, an unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Corporal Marsden inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly have his life in the service of his country.
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POSTED ON 7.26.2018
POSTED BY: Unknown Soldier

Unknown Virtnam Soldier

I want Roberts family and friends to know that Robert has a brick in Wemberley Texas Veterans Memorial. It is a beautiful mountain, with flags, all branches of service. When I go there the wind is so peaceful. It is truly at peace. Semper Fi.
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POSTED ON 10.18.2016
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of CPL Robert P. Marsden

Final Mission of CPL Robert P. Marsden
CPL Robert P. Marsden was a squad leader serving with Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On January 20, 1971, Corporal Marsden's squad was pinned down by intense enemy fire from North Vietnamese Army soldiers occupying well-concealed emplacements in a tree line. Observing two wounded Marines fall in dangerous proximity to the enemy positions, Corporal Marsden unhesitatingly left his relative secure location behind a rice paddy dike and, with complete disregard for his own safety, ran across the hazardous terrain to the side of his companions. Using his own body as a shield for his comrades, he delivered intense fire into the tree line then, seemingly oblivious to the rounds impacting around him, he fearlessly dragged one of the stricken men to a covered location. Aware that the hostile fire had greatly increased, Corporal Marsden directed two of his fire teams to provide covering fire while a third executed an encircling movement around the tree line. However, realizing the dangerous position in which the second wounded man lay, he elected to rush to his aid before the maneuver was completed, but, when halfway to his objective, was seriously wounded by an enemy round. Resolutely determined to save his fellow Marine, he fought desperately to remain alert and, despite suffering extreme pain and loss of blood, continued to crawl toward his comrade until he succumbed to his wounds, just short of reaching the casualty. By his indomitable courage, selfless concern for his fellowman, an unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Corporal Marsden inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly have his life in the service of his country. [Taken from CPL Marsden’s Silver Star citation at vvmf.org]
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POSTED ON 9.12.2016
POSTED BY: marge

You have not been forgotten

The last time I saw you, you were a senior in high school. I read of your heroic act that took your life from "The Wall", not thinking of yourself, but trying to save others. I think of you often, when more young men & women put their life on the line for us, our country, to make this world better. I thought of you yesterday, 9/11. I thank you for giving the ultimate gift.
You are a hero. I honor you.
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