VIETNAM - MCANDREW, ROBERT CHARLES

McAndrew, Robert Charles

VIETNAM - MCANDREW, ROBERT CHARLES
MCANDREW, ROBERT CHARLES

Rank: Sergeant

Unit: C Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11B – Infantryman

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 18-Nov-1950

Hometown: Tarzana, California

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 30-Jan-1969

Start of tour: 27-Feb-1970

Incident date: 11-Jun-1970

Date of casualty: 11-Jun-1970

Age at death: 19

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Small Arms Fire. Gun or small arms fire.
Robert Charles McAndrew was killed while on a combat operation when a hostile force was encountered. / On ambush patrol. Engaged hostile force in firefight.

Location of fatality: Cambodia, XU 443 075

Place of interment: San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, California, USA

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SILVER STAR

SILVER STAR
POSTHUMOUS

SERGEANT ROBERT CHARLES McANDREW
11 JUNE 1970
C TROOP, 1st SQUADRON
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Sergeant McAndrew distinguished himself by gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force on 11 June 1970 while serving as a Vehicle Commander with Troop C, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date, while searching a bunker complex with other members of the troop, he came under intense enemy small arms fire. Immediately, Sergeant McAndrew fired on the enemy with his individual weapon and started to maneuver towards their position. When one of the other members of the patrol received a serious wound Sergeant McAndrew attempted to aid the soldier, at the risk of his own safety. The enemy continued placing heavy fire upon them, yet he initiated an assault of the bunkers using his individual weapon. After eliminating numerous enemy soldiers, Sergeant McAndrew continued to maneuver toward the injured man. While attempting to accomplish this task, it was necessary for him to cross another enemy position. As he did so he received fatal shrapnel wounds from an enemy mine. Sergeant McAndrew’s actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam General Orders No. 2932 (13 July 1970)