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Robert W. White, Sr.
Class of 2000

Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

Robert W. White, Sr.

Robert W. White, Sr.
United States Army


Captain Robert White distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 6 and 7 September 1965 while serving as commander of a unit in the Republic of Vietnam. On 6 September 1965, Captain White was on a search and clear operation when an Australian CV-2B aircraft lost an engine and had to jettison its cargo to maintain altitude over Viet Cong controlled territory. The cargo consisted of weapons and ammunition. Captain White was given the mission to proceed to the vicinity of these supplies and secure the area to enable helicopters to land and evacuate the cargo. With two companies of Civilian Irregular Defense Group forces, Captain White traveled in excess of ten kilometers, under fire, without losing a single man or piece of equipment. At one point along the route, the lead element came under heavy automatic weapons fire. Captain White, accompanied by two Civilian Irregular Defense Group troopers, maneuvered through deep water and brought the would-be attackers under automatic fire from their flank and broke up the attempted attack. After reaching the objective, security elements were personally placed and distributed by Captain White to allow the evacuation helicopters to land and evacuate supplies. Throughout the evacuation, the security perimeter was receiving ground fire. Captain White was constantly moving about the perimeter, instructing his troops and encouraging them. After making sure the equipment was safely extracted and the element was ready to move, an Air Observer informed Captain White that along his return route an ambush was observed being established. Immediately Captain White maneuvered his forces into position and attacked the would-be ambush force killing two and capturing one insurgent and three weapons. Captain White's aggressiveness, devotion to duty and personal bravery were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
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