The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*HARTSOCK, ROBERT W.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant,
U.S. Army, 44th Infantry Platoon, 3d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date:
Hau Nghia, Province, Republic of Vietnam, 23 February 1969. Entered service at:
Fairmont, W. Va. Born: 24 January 1945, Cumberland, Md.
For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt.
Hartsock, distinguished himself in action while serving as section leader with the 44th
Infantry Platoon. When the Dau Tieng Base Camp came under a heavy enemy rocket and mortar
attack, S/Sgt. Hartsock and his platoon commander spotted an enemy sapper squad which had
infiltrated the camp undetected. Realizing the enemy squad was heading for the brigade
tactical operations center and nearby prisoner compound, they concealed themselves and,
although heavily outnumbered, awaited the approach of the hostile soldiers. When the enemy
was almost upon them, S/Sgt. Hartsock and his platoon commander opened fire on the squad.
As a wounded enemy soldier fell, he managed to detonate a satchel charge he was carrying.
S/Sgt. Hartsock, with complete disregard for his life, threw himself on the charge and was
gravely wounded. In spite of his wounds, S/Sgt. Hartsock crawled about 5 meters to a ditch
and provided heavy suppressive fire, completely pinning down the enemy and allowing his
commander to seek shelter. S/Sgt. Hartsock continued his deadly stream of fire until he
succumbed to his wounds. S/Sgt. Hartsock's extraordinary heroism and profound concern for
the lives of his fellow soldiers were in keeping with the highest traditions of the
military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.