ROBERT G ZINK
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HONORED ON PANEL 55W, LINE 4 OF THE WALL

ROBERT GEORGE ZINK

WALL NAME

ROBERT G ZINK

PANEL / LINE

55W/4

DATE OF BIRTH

04/09/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/19/1968

HOME OF RECORD

STEVENS POINT

COUNTY OF RECORD

Portage County

STATE

WI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

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LEFT FOR ROBERT GEORGE ZINK
POSTED ON 4.11.2024
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you......

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed...
We feel lucky to have seen it.
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POSTED ON 3.26.2023
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Robert Zink, Thank you for your service as a Medical NCO. Thank you for the lives you saved. Your 76th birthday is soon, happy birthday. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is spring and Lent. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance, and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 3.4.2023

Final Mission of PFC Robert G. Zink

On June 19, 1968, elements of Second and Third Platoons, C Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division "Wolfhounds" conducted an “Eagle Mission,” an air mobile insertion west of the Saigon River in Gia Dinh Province, RVN, to interdict enemy forces infiltrating the Saigon and Tan Son Nhut area. A little before 11:00 AM, the troopers were set down adjacent to a berm in a field by the juncture of the Rach Tra stream and the Saigon River, six kilometers (3.6 miles) northeast of Hoc Mon village. As the last of the five UH-1 helicopters (116th Aviation Company “Hornets”) pulled out of the landing zone, VC concealed in a hedgerow 10-15 yards away opened fire with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades. The foot-tall reed grass in the field provided no cover, and within ten minutes nearly every man on the Eagle Flight had been killed or wounded. Army AH-1 Cobra gunships (25th Aviation Battalion “Diamondheads”) accompanying the insertion attacked the enemy positions. This was followed by three waves of CS (tear) gas placed on the VC’s location. Moving in small groups, the pinned down Americans were able to pull back with their wounded behind the smoke screen approximately 150 yards to link up with a second Eagle Flight from B-1/27 sent to reinforce them. Bravo Company’s medics treated the C Company wounded and secured a landing zone for medical evacuations. Under fire the wounded were lifted out and flown to the 12th Evacuation Hospital at Cu Chi. Later, Delta Company arrived on foot to further strengthen the position. A headcount revealed over a dozen C Company men missing. At midnight, a stealth assault group from D-1/27 entered the contact area to recover any other wounded; however, all the personnel they located were dead. Twenty-five enemy bodies were also in the area. Total U.S. losses were thirteen killed with thirteen wounded. The lost personnel included PFC David R. Bartholomew, PFC James R. Fry Jr., SP4 Jeffery H. Hall, PFC Michael J. Johnson, 1LT John J. Link, PVT Eugene L. Manselle III, SP4 Charles A. McKinney, SP4 Ruben D. Mercado-Gutierrez, SGT John V. Quintal, SP4 Bobby D. Stanley, PFC Fred Wilson, PVT Gary D. Woods, and PFC Robert G. Zink. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and archive.org; Image: Helicopters arrive to take soldiers from the 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division on an "Eagle Mission." (Pacific Stars & Stripes, May 1, 1967)]
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POSTED ON 1.15.2018
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Wolfhound Brother, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Robert.
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POSTED ON 6.19.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Robert George Zink, 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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