The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, 1LT Robert Steven Grosshart, who died in the service of his country on June 11th, 1968 in Kontum Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Friendly Fire (Mis-Directed Mortars). At the time of his death Robert was 23 years of age. He was from Kansas City, Missouri. Robert is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 58W, Line 25.
The decorations earned by 1LT Robert Steven Grosshart include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, 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.
I was, his platoon medic
Just wanted to write a little note, as to the time LT., Grosshart and I spent together, in VietNam, 1968. June 3rd, we shared a fox hole, while we were, in a heavy fire fight, I remember, before it all started we didnt have one dug, but its amazing, what we could do quickly under fire, I think it only took us ten minutes, to dig one, that we both could fit in! I remember Robert, was tall and lanky and carried his army issue knife, in his right rear pocket of his fatigues. The reason I remember this, is as he would walk away, I would see that his knife case, would flop up and down, because he didnt snap the strap, that held it in. Funny, how one remembers, these things. He was our Plt., LT., so him and I spent, some time together. I was with him, when he passed, but another medic, got to him first, for I was working, with other wounded. It was a bad day, after the patrol, coming back to the fire base. No one said, to much. Im sorry, for his familys loss and he did, try his best to do his duty, for our country. God Bless, Doc., Rose
Friday, September 23, 2005
(His BSM Citation)
The Bronze Star Medal Is Awarded Posthumously To First Lieutenant Robert S Grosshart
For meritorious service in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. First Lieutenant Grosshart distinguished himself while serving as a Platoon leader with A, 1/35th Infantry. Upon joining his unit, First Lieutenant Grosshart demonstrated a strong working knowledge of infantry tactics and the desire to achieve maximum results on all missions in which his unit participated. Demanding the highest performance from his men, First Lieutenant Grosshart in return gave them positive leadership of outstanding quality. Whether directing a patrol, perimeter security, or during an enemy engagement; First Lieutenant Grosshart maintained high personal standards and contributed significantly to his companys mission. Adjusting well to the constantly changing conditions and dangers inherent in a combat zone, First Lieutenant Grosshart was instrumental in implementing effective new tactics for his units area of operations. His cheerful attitude coupled with his concern for the welfare of his men earned him the respect and admiration of the entire company. First Lieutenant Grossharts outstanding achievements, personal integrity, 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.
Glennville City Cemetery