Pinkney, Robertis


Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: L Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: 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-Dec-1946

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Marital status: Married to Ruby J. Pinkney

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 17-Sep-1969

Start of tour: 9-Mar-1970

Incident date: 16-Aug-1970

Date of casualty: 16-Aug-1970

Age at death: 23

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Explosive Device. Other explosive device.
Robertis Pinkney was killed while a gunner on a military vehicle leaving a night defensive position when a mine detonated. / Gunner on Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle (ACAV) leaving night defensive position (NDP).  Detonated hostile mine.

Two Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SGT Percy Eugene Bly Jr
SP4 Robertis Pinkney

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam, XT 906 324

Place of interment: Hays Creek Cemetery African American, Winona, Mississippi, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 08W 116 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)