The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*STRYKER, ROBERT F.
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth
Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place
and Date: Near Loc Ninh, Republic of Vietnam, 7 November 1967. Entered service
at: Throop, N.Y. Born: 9 November 1944, Auburn, N.Y.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty. Sp4c. Stryker, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving with Company
C. Sp4c. Stryker was serving as a grenadier in a multicompany reconnaissance in force near
Loc Ninh. As his unit moved through the dense underbrush, it was suddenly met with a hail
of rocket, automatic weapons and small arms fire from enemy forces concealed in fortified
bunkers and in the surrounding trees. Reacting quickly, Sp4c. Stryker fired into the enemy
positions with his grenade launcher. During the devastating exchange of fire, Sp4c.
Stryker detected enemy elements attempting to encircle his company and isolate it from the
main body of the friendly force. Undaunted by the enemy machinegun and small-arms fire,
Sp4c. Stryker repeatedly fired grenades into the trees, killing enemy snipers and enabling
his comrades to sever the attempted encirclement. As the battle continued, Sp4c. Stryker
observed several wounded members of his squad in the killing zone of an enemy claymore
mine. With complete disregard for his safety, he threw himself upon the mine as it was
detonated. He was mortally wounded as his body absorbed the blast and shielded his
comrades from the explosion. His unselfish actions were responsible for saving the lives
of at least 6 of his fellow soldiers. Sp4c. Stryker's great personal bravery was in
keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon
himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.