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Robert John Hibbs

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Greenwood Cemetery

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Born:  April 21, 1943 at Omaha, NE

Entered Service in the US Army from Des Moines, IA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism March 05, 1966 at Don Dien Lo Ke, Vietnam

Died:  March 05, 1966 at the age of 22

While commanding a 15-man ambush patrol, Second Lieutenant Hibbs observed an enemy company advancing along a road towards his battalion's position. By radio he notified the command post, placed two mines in the enemy's path, and detonated them when the enemy was within 20 feet, killing half of the enemy force. Stepping into the open road, Hibbs threw grenades and opened fire to cover withdrawal of the remainder of his patrol, single-handedly holding off a force of 50 enemy. Upon rejoining his patrol Hibbs encountered rear elements of a second enemy company, deployed to attack the battalion. With the advantage of surprise, he directed his patrol in an attack that disrupted the enemy movement. Learning that a member of his patrol was wounded and wandering in the area between the two forces, and despite a wound to his own leg, Lt. Hibbs and one of his sergeants returned to the battlefield, working their way through the withering fire of two enemy machine-guns, to find the dazed American. Armed only with an M-16 rifle, Hibbs remained behind while the sergeant dragged the wounded man to safety. While attacking two machine-gun emplacements, Lieutenant Hibbs was mortally wounded.

 

 

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