Sergeant Robert J. Gold

For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force:

Sergeant Gold distinguished himself on 26 February 1967, in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Gold’s company was moving through the extremely thick jungle area, when an enemy base camp was discovered. During the advance on the enemy base camp. Sergeant Gold was with the lead platoon moving into the area when the company came under intense enemy machinegun fire. The company immediately took up defensive positions, but Sergeant Gold found himself pinned down on one side of the trail, while his radio operator was pinned down on the other side. The company received additional enemy automatic weapons fire from the rear and left flank. Realizing the importance of radio contact in order to bring artillery fire on the enemy, Sergeant Gold determined to reach his radio operator’s location despite enemy automatic weapons fire. He called to the radioman to remain in place as he then attempted to cross the road; however, he was seriously wounded in the left shoulder and hip. Once again without regard for his painful wounds and the intense enemy fire. Sergeant Gold desperately tried to reach his radio operator’s position, but was mortally wounded in the attempt. This outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty, and personal bravery is in keeping with the highest standards of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.