ROBERT L PAYNTER
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HONORED ON PANEL 5W, LINE 31 OF THE WALL

ROBERT LEE PAYNTER

WALL NAME

ROBERT L PAYNTER

PANEL / LINE

5W/31

DATE OF BIRTH

01/31/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KIEN GIANG

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/07/1971

HOME OF RECORD

JERSEYVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Jersey County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

BM2

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT LEE PAYNTER
POSTED ON 8.29.2023
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from Alan is touching and reflects his admiration and respect for you. As long as you are remembered you will remain in our hearts forever….
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POSTED ON 1.7.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Bronze Star Medal for Valor Award

Petty Officer Second Class Robert Lee Paynter was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor , with Combat Distinguishing Device (V), for his exemplary gallantry in action. He served as a Boatswain's Mate Second Class and was assigned to the 71ST RVN RAID, NAVAL ADV GROUP.
See https://navy.togetherweserved.com/
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POSTED ON 4.9.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PO2C Robert Paynter, Thank you for your service as a Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is Easter Friday. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 11.13.2019
POSTED BY: Gary Arntzen

I miss you Bob

Bob was a good friend of mine in High School and I want to Honor him and Salute him on his Heroism , you left us to soon Bob we all think about you everyday .
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POSTED ON 8.29.2016

Final Mission of BM2 Robert L. Paynter

On January 7, 1971, at 1900 hours, Armored Troop Carrier 1258, on convoy operations with the 33rd Regiment CP units in Kien Giang Province, RVN, came under B-40 rocket and AK-47 fire from both banks, and then was struck by command denoted mine and sank. The boat, which normally carries troops, was transiting a canal in the U Minh Forest with a load of ammunition when the attack occurred. Two USN advisors, LT William C. Vasey, Senior Advisor and Commanding Officer to RAID 73, and BM2 Robert L. Paynter of RAID 71, along with ten VNN sailors, were killed. The boat was hit with what was estimated to be a 500 pound bomb that exploded on the centerline of the coxswain flat. ATC 1258 was lifted completely out of the water and flipped stern over bow. The aft section of the craft was inverted in 12 feet of water with the well deck section jack-knifed bottom to bottom and resting on the skids of the aft section. The flight deck, where LT Vasey had been standing, was blown 30 yards downstream, the entire boat was declared unsalvageab1e. LT Vasey, who was 26 years old, had 62 days left in the Navy when he was KIA. His plans were to go home to Doylestown, PA and marry his longtime sweetheart, Valerie Hassinger. LT Vasey and BM2 Paynter were both recommended for the Bronze Star award. [Taken from navy.togetherweserved.com]
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