The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Leroy Robinson, who died in the service of his country on May 28th, 1966 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Leroy was 21 years of age. He was from New York, New York. Leroy is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 07E, Line 114.
The decorations earned by PFC Leroy Robinson 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.
Buried in the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY. Section R Site 1537B. (Visited by Rich Nilsen 11/6/04 Jim Hall 5/27/06)
Bronze Star with V Citation:
For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile armed force. Private First Class Robinson distinguished himself by heroic action on 28 May 1966, while serving as a rifleman in the second, squad, third platoon of Company B, 2/35th Infantry. He was part of a force lifted by helicopter into a landing zone in the Central Highlands, Republic of Vietnam. Immediately upon landing, his unit came under heavy small arms and automatic weapons fire from elements of a North Vietnamese Regiment. Positioning himself to the flank of his squad, he immediately placed accurate and deadly fire into the closest enemy positions. When several North Vietnamese assaulted his position, he stopped their advance with a hand grenade and thereby protected the entire flank of his squad. On several occasions throughout the encounters he exposed himself to the enemy in order to provide covering fire for the rest of the squad. When his unit later began receiving heavy sniper fire, he quickly reacted to this new threat by placing suppressive fire on the enemy. It was during this action that Private First Class Robinson was mortally wounded in a gallant attempt to protect his fellow soldiers. His outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty, and personal bravery are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.