Robert F. Stryker


Robert F. Stryker

Infobox Military Person
name=Robert F. Stryker
born= birth date|1944|11|09
died= death date and age|1967|11|07|1944|11|09
placeofbirth=Auburn, New York
placeofdeath=Vietnam
placeofburial=


caption="'Army Medal of Honor
nickname=
allegiance=flagicon|United States United States of America
branch=
serviceyears=
rank=Specialist Four
commands=
unit=Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
battles=Vietnam War
awards=Medal of Honor Purple Heart
relations=
laterwork=

Robert F. Stryker was a United States Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War. The Army Stryker vehicle is named in his and PFC Stuart S. Stryker's honor.

He is buried in Pine Hill Cemetery Throop, New York.findagrave|7542811 Retrieved on 2007-11-29]

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Specialist Four, 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.

Citation:

:For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Specialist Stryker, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving with Company C. Spec. 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, Spec. Stryker fired into the enemy positions with his grenade launcher. During the devastating exchange of fire, Spec. 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, Spec. Stryker repeatedly fired grenades into the trees, killing enemy snipers and enabling his comrades to sever the attempted encirclement. As the battle continued, Spec. 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. Spec. 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.cite web
accessdate=2007-11-29
url = http://www.army.mil/cmh/html/moh/vietnam-m-z.html
title = Robert F. Stryker, Medal of Honor recipient
work = Vietnam War
publisher Army Medal of Honor website
date = July 16, 2007
]

ee also

*List of Medal of Honor recipients
*List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Vietnam War

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