Medal of Honor
4 ROBERT D. LAW
Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
Phuoc Thanh Province
of Viet Nam
SPECIALIST FOURTH CLASS ROBERT D. LAW, UNITED STATES ARMY, Company I (Ranger), 75th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, distinguished himself while serving in Tinh Phuoc Thanh Province, Republic of Vietnam. On 22 February 1969, while on a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol, Specialist Law and five Comrades made contact with a small enemy patrol. As the opposing elements exchanged intense fire, he maneuvered to a perilously exposed position flanking his comrades and began placing suppressive fire on the hostile troops. Although his team was short of ammunition and suffering from an Unidentified Irritating Gas in the Air, Specialist Law’s spirited defense and challenging counterassault rallied his fellow soldiers against the well equipped hostile force. When an enemy grenade landed in his team’s position, Specialist Law, instead of diving for safety in the stream behind him, threw himself on the grenade to save the lives of his comrades.
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