The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SP4 Roy Robert Booth, who died in the service of his country on May 27th, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Roy was 19 years of age. He was from Killeen, Texas. Roy is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 20E, Line 128.
The decorations earned by SP4 Roy Robert Booth 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.
Roy is buried in the Enon Baptist Church Cemetery in College Park, GA
2415, Oak Dr., Gatesville, Tx., 76528, USA
I WILL, NEVER FORGET
Roy R. Booth, enlisted, in the Army, on June 25th, 1965, at Fort Hood, Texas, where his father, Maynard C. Booth, was assigned, as a First Sergeant, with the 'Hell on Wheels,' 2nd, Armored Division. He went to basic training, at Ft. Polk, in Company B, 2nd, Battalion, 2nd, Brigade, where he qualified Sharpshooter, with the M14, rifle. He then went, to Ft Knox, Kentucky, for Advanced, Individual Training, to be a Tracked, Vehicle crewman, with Company F, 4th, Bn., 1st, Brigade. Roy served, in Korea, from November 22, 1965, to December 21, 1966, with Company C, 2nd, Battalion, 9th, I.D., as a rifleman and as an armored, personnel, carrier driver. During that time, he was promoted to PFC., in March, 1966 and then frocked, to Specialist 4th, class, in June, 1966, due, to his leadership, in the unit, and the needs, of the Army. After his tour, in Korea, was over, Roy was sent, to Ft. Belvior, Virginia, where he spent, the next few months, believing, he was not, doing his part, for his country. Because of that, Roy volunteered, to go, to Viet Nam. Roy arrived in Viet Nam, on May 06, 1967. He was Killed, in Action, on May 27, 1967, securing, a landing strip. He was 19, years old.
I was, his platoon leader.
Roy, after all these years, the head shrinkers, still want me, to forget you. Don't worry Troop, I will never forget you. Please know, that I did everything, I could, to get you, to the dust off. It was, so dark and "charlie," was shooting at the chopper, both times he tried, to approach. We tried to move you, but doc., said, "it would not work." We kept tossing grenades, at those bunkers, to no avail. Then we lost you. I don't recall, much, after that. I hope, you made it, home rapidily. No, no, no, I won't forget you, don't worry, about that. I talk about you, every day. With much respect, Lt., Walter Allen Twyford, Inf., USAR., B-2-35, 25th, ID..
(His BSV Citation)
Award Of The Bronze Star Medal for Heroism
For heroism in action while engaged in military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 27 May 1967 Specialist Four Booth distinguished himself while serving as a rifleman with Company B, 2/35th Infantry. During an assault landing of Company B, three helicopters were hit by enemy small arms fire, causing one to burst into flames, entrapping two occupants and mortally wounding a third. Specialist Four Booth unhesitatingly volunteered to get them out, even though the enemy was still firing on the landing zone from several directions. He got up from his protective position and ran to the burning helicopter, his only thought to save the lives of the men still inside. But the enemy fire was too intense, and before he could reach the aircraft, he fell, mortally wounded. Specialist Four Booth's gallant and courageous actions are in keeping with the most cherished traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.