The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Robert Eugene Garrett, who died in the service of his country on August 7th, 1966 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW (Wounded 08/02/1966). At the time of his death Robert was 22 years of age. He was from Atlanta, Georgia. Robert is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 09E, Line 109.
The decorations earned by PFC Robert Eugene Garrett 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.
Robert is buried at Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, GA. Section U Site 340
HHC, 3rd Brigade Task Force
General Orders Number 172 7 September 1966
Award of The Bronze Star Medal For Heroism
For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force: Private First Class Garrett distinguished himself by heroic actions when his unit, the battalion reconnaissance platoon, attached to Company A, 2/35th, became engaged by a numerically superior enemy force. The rifle squad, of which Private Garrett was a member, was providing flank security for the main body. When the unit became heavily engaged, Private Garrett's squad was given the mission of flanking the enemy force to the left. The squad moved forward and was immediately pinned down by enemy small arms fire. The enemy then began to place effective mortar and heavy machine gun fire on the main body. Private Garrett and members of his fire team, with complete disregard for their own safety, pushed forward under heavy small arms fire in an effort to out-flank the enemy. The enemy immediately shifted a light machinegun to the fire team's front. As Private Garrett and his team crossed a small open area, the enemy machine gun began firing. In a desperate attempt to silence the enemy gun, the five men of Private Garret's fire team rushed forward. The enemy machine gun was silenced, but Private Garrett was mortally wounded during this heroic action.
His outstanding and inspiring display of initiative, decisiveness, and personal bravery is in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the Armed Forces of the United States.