35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  SP4 Robert Lynn Shook    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Bravo Company
2nd Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SP4 Robert Lynn Shook, who died in the service of his country on August 2nd, 1969 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Mine, In Convoy to Ban Me Thout. At the time of his death Robert was 21 years of age. He was from Clarksville, Georgia. Robert is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 20W, Line 89.

The decorations earned by SP4 Robert Lynn Shook 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.

In memory of my brother who gave me so much in life and gave his life for his country.His memory is my strength through all the years. Time cannot erase memories given by a "big brother."

Freddie Shook

Robert was originally in B,2/35th but at time of death had been transferred to HHC,2/35th. To honor his time as a Grunt, we choose to display him with B,2/35th.

General Orders 5327, HHC, 4th Infantry Division, 11 August 1969


For heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Four Shook distinguished himself while serving as a Driver for HHC, 2/35th Infantry. On 2 August 1969, Specialist Shook volunteered to drive the lead vehicle in a convoy from LZ Oasis to LZ Patsy despite the fact that the route had frequently been the target for enemy land mine warfare. As he drove his tuck over the crest of a hill the vehicle struck an anti-tank mile, fatally wounding Specialist Shook. Specialist Four Shook's singular actions, professionalism, and exemplary devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.