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Robert Martin Patterson


U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Sergeant Patterson was serving as a fire team leader during an assault against a North Vietnamese Army battalion which was entrenched in a heavily fortified position. When the leading squad was pinned down by heavy fire from two enemy bunkers, Sergeant Patterson and the two other members of his assault team moved forward under a hail of enemy fire to destroy the bunkers with grenade and machinegun fire. Observing that his comrades were being fired on from a third enemy bunker covered by enemy gunners in one-man spider holes, Sergeant Patterson, with complete disregard for his safety and ignoring the warning of his comrades that he was moving into a bunker complex, assaulted and destroyed the position. Although exposed to intensive small arm and grenade fire from the bunkers and their mutually supporting emplacements, Sergeant Patterson continued his assault upon the bunkers which were impeding the advance of his unit. He single-handedly destroyed five enemy bunkers by rifle and grenade fire, killed eight enemy soldiers, and captured seven weapons. His dauntless courage and heroism inspired his platoon to resume the attack and to penetrate the enemy defensive position.

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