The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Henry Earl Robbins, who died in the service of his country on January 20th, 1967 in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Henry was 21 years of age. He was from Houston, Texas. Henry is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 14E, Line 59.
The decorations earned by PFC Henry Earl Robbins include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
(Henry's Bronze Star with "V" Citation)
Private First Class Robbins' unit, while on a search and destroy mission, was suddenly brought under fire by a sizeable North Vietnamese force armed with automatic weapons. The initial burst of automatic weapons fire delivered by the enemy inflicted several casualties upon the unit. Three of the wounded personnel were lying in an exposed area. Private First Class Robbins, seeing that three of his comrades were wounded and still in danger of receiving intense automatic weapons fire, immediately began flanking the open area in an attempt to help the wounded. Private First Class Robbins, with complete disregard for his own personal safety and without hesitation, continuously exposed himself to heavy hostile fire in order to render aid to the casualties. Private First Class Robbins' movements were detected by the enemy before he could reach his wounded comrades, and he was mortally wounded. His act of personal courage and determination inspired the other members of his platoon and as a result, they were able to defeat the enemy. Private First Class Robbins' outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty, and personal bravery is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and The United States Army.