The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
ROBERTS, GORDON R.
Rank and organization: Sergeant (then
Sp4c.), U.S. Army, Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Place
and date: Thua Thien Province, Republic of Vietnam, 11 July 1969. Entered service
at: Cincinnati, Ohio. Born: 14 June 1950, Middletown, Ohio.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Roberts distinguished himself while serving as a rifleman in
Company B, during combat operations. Sgt. Roberts' platoon was maneuvering along a ridge
to attack heavily fortified enemy bunker positions which had pinned down an adjoining
friendly company. As the platoon approached the enemy positions, it was suddenly pinned
down by heavy automatic weapons and grenade fire from camouflaged enemy fortifications
atop the overlooking hill. Seeing his platoon immobilized and in danger of failing in its
mission, Sgt. Roberts crawled rapidly toward the closest enemy bunker. With complete
disregard for his safety, he leaped to his feet and charged the bunker, firing as he ran.
Despite the intense enemy fire directed at him, Sgt. Roberts silenced the 2-man bunker.
Without hesitation, Sgt. Roberts continued his l-man assault on a second bunker. As he
neared the second bunker, a burst of enemy fire knocked his rifle from his hands. Sgt.
Roberts picked up a rifle dropped by a comrade and continued his assault, silencing the
bunker. He continued his charge against a third bunker and destroyed it with well-thrown
hand grenades. Although Sgt. Roberts was now cut off from his platoon, he continued his
assault against a fourth enemy emplacement. He fought through a heavy hail of fire to join
elements of the adjoining company which had been pinned down by the enemy fire. Although
continually exposed to hostile fire, he assisted in moving wounded personnel from exposed
positions on the hilltop to an evacuation area before returning to his unit. By his
gallant and selfless actions, Sgt. Roberts contributed directly to saving the lives of his
comrades and served as an inspiration to his fellow soldiers in the defeat of the enemy
force. Sgt. Roberts' extraordinary heroism in action at the risk of his life were in
keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon
himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.