Special Operations Memorial Foundation

Robert D. Law

Robert D. Law

U.S. Army

While assigned to Company I (Ranger), 75th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, in Phouc Thanh Province, Specialist Four Robert D. Law distinguished himself while serving with Company I. While on a long-range reconnaissance patrol in Tinh Phouc Thanh Province, Specialist Four Law and five comrades made contact with a small enemy patrol. As the opposing elements exchanged intense fire, he maneuvered to a perilously exposed position flanking his comrades and began placing suppressive fire on the hostile troops. Although his team was hindered by a low supply of ammunition and suffered from an unidentified irritating gas in the air, Specialist Four Law's spirited defense and challenging counterassault rallied his fellow soldiers against the well-equipped hostile troops. When an enemy grenade landed in his team's position, Specialist Four Law, instead of diving into the safety of a stream behind him, threw himself on the grenade to save the lives of his comrades. Specialist Four Law's extraordinary courage and profound concern for his fellow soldiers were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the U.S. Army.

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