ROBERT D PLATO
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HONORED ON PANEL 64E, LINE 7 OF THE WALL

ROBERT DEAN PLATO

WALL NAME

ROBERT D PLATO

PANEL / LINE

64E/7

DATE OF BIRTH

06/15/1935

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/20/1968

HOME OF RECORD

EL RENO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Canadian County

STATE

OK

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

MSGT

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LEFT FOR ROBERT DEAN PLATO
POSTED ON 10.11.2023
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. Your Distinguished Service Cross citation attests to your courage and devotion to your fellow soldiers. As long as you are remembered you will remain in our hearts forever….
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POSTED ON 5.24.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Msgt Robert Plato, Thank you for your service as a Special Forces Qualified Infantry Operations & Intelligence Specialist. Your 53rd anniversary just passed, sad. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Memorial Day is this next weekend when the nation remembers all our lost. 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 6.16.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear MSGT Robert Dean Plato, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 5.20.2015
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

Robert Dean Plato
Date of birth: 15-Jun-35
Date of death: May 20, 1968
Home of record: El Reno Oklahoma
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

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 Master Sergeant Robert Dean Plato (ASN: RA-54140742), 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 Command and Control (North), FOB 1 (Phu Bai), 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Master Sergeant Plato distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 20 May 1968, as the leader of a Vietnamese platoon on a reconnaissance-in-force patrol. His unit had become surrounded by a numerically superior enemy force which began closing on one squad that was isolated from the rest of the platoon. Exposing himself to enemy fire, Sergeant Plato joined the squad, rallied its members and directed their counterfire against the insurgents. As the fight grew more intense, the enemy received reinforcements, and Sergeant Plato realized that his men would not be able to hold their ground much longer. Ordering the squad to join the main force's perimeter, he remained behind and placed devastating fire on the insurgents to cover the withdrawal. As he began his own maneuver toward the perimeter, he discovered that not everyone had returned. Disregarding his own safety, he ran back to his former position, saw three missing men, and made his way to them. Only one was still alive. Sergeant Plato held off the assaulting enemy long enough for the man to reach the safety of the perimeter. Realizing it was too late to return there himself, he chose to hold his ground as long as possible. He fought the enemy with deadly fury until his position was overrun and he was killed. His gallant stand diverted the insurgents' attention from the main perimeter and totally disrupted their assault. Master Sergeant Plato's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, 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: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 3333 (July 15, 1968)

Action Date: 20-May-68

Service: Army

Rank: Master Sergeant

Company: Command and Control (North), FOB 1 (Phu Bai)

Regiment: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Division: 1st Special Forces
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POSTED ON 11.3.2007
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS RECIPIENT OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS WHOSE NAME LIVETH FOREVER MORE


MASTER SERGEANT

ROBERT DEAN PLATO


COMMAND AND CONTROL ( NORTH )

FOB 1 ( Phu Bai )

5th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP ( AIRBORNE )

1st SPECIAL FORCES


CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF

THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS


The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert Dean Plato, Master Sergeant, 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 Command and Control (North), FOB 1 (Phu Bai), 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Master Sergeant Plato distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 20 May 1968. His extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.





DE OPPRESSO LIBER





THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL

AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE




14 February 1999
30 July 1999



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