2023 // Silver Star

1st Lieutenant Robert T. Rice Jr.
Robert Rice

For gallantry in action while engaged in military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, 1st Lieutenant Rice distinguished himself while serving as a Platoon Leader with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.  On August 8, 1970, Company B was set up in a night location in the vicinity of An Khe in the Central Highlands when they suddenly began receiving intense hostile mortar fire.  With complete disregard for his personal safety, Lieutenant Rice moved across the perimeter to direct his men to fighting positions.  Lieutenant Rice continued to move from position to position, despite enemy rounds impacting all around him, and ensured the safety of all his men.  While dangerously exposed, Lieutenant Rice was mortally wounded by shrapnel from one of the hostile rounds.  First Lieutenant Rice’s personal bravery, outstanding leadership and exemplary devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.