The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Robert Kent Worthen, who died in the service of his country on November 21st, 1969 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Misadventure (Accident in Mortar Pit). At the time of his death Robert was 20 years of age. He was from Granger, Utah. Robert is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 16W, Line 108.
The decorations earned by PFC Robert Kent Worthen include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
Robert is buried in Valley View Memorial Park, Salt Lake City, UT.
I knew Bob as a teen-ager. He was a so very kind-hearted guy. He was the first "boy" that liked me. We met on 23 December, 1967, and he brought me some candy in the middle of a raging snow storm. What a sweet person. I really miss this special person in my life.
Posted by: Ramona Newsome Henderson
The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to Private First Class Worthen. Through his untiring efforts and professional ability, he consistently obtained outstanding results. He was quick to grasp the implications of new problems with which he was faced as a result of an the ever changing situations inherent in a counterinsurgency operation and to find ways and means to solve those problems. The energetic application of his extensive knowledge has materially contributed to the efforts of the United States mission to the Republic of Vietnam to assist that country in ridding itself of the communist threat to its freedom. His initiative, zeal, sound judgment, and devotion to duty have been in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the military service.