Roberts, Theodore Irwin


Rank: Sergeant First Class

Unit: F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with Star Device, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, United Nations Service Medal for Korea

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

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

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 27-Jun-1934

Hometown: Valley Station, Kentucky

Marital status: Married to Janet L. Roberts, one son, one daughter

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 7-Dec-1969

Incident date: 27-Apr-1970

Date of casualty: 4-May-1970

Age at death: 35

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Burns/Smoke Inhalation. Burns.
Theodore Irwin Roberts died as a result of burns received while a commander of a military vehicle on a military mission when a hostile force was encountered. / Track commander on Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle (ACAV) on reconnaissance mission.  Engaged hostile force in firefight.  Admitted to 24th Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, 27 Apr 1970 at 1430 hrs, placed on Serious Injured (SI) list 27 Apr 1970 at 2300 hrs.   (Individual was eventually transferred to United States Army Hospital Camp Zama, Japan, where he expired on 4 May 1970.  Incident occurred on 27 Apr 1970.)

Two Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SFC Eddie Ray Eatmon
SFC Theodore Irwin Roberts

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 558 883

Place of interment: Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 11W 097 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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