Robert Eldridge Guthrie

Military Data
Length Service 01
Unit RECON PLT, HHC, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, USARV

Casualty Data
Start Tour 2 September 1969
Incident Date 28 February 1970
Casualty Date 28 February 1970
Age at Loss 21
Location Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam
Remains Body recovered
Casualty Type Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason Ground casualty
Casualty Detail Multiple fragmentation wounds

Vietnam Wall Panel 13W Line 068

On February 28, 1970, at 1216 hours, the lead APC of a resupply convoy headed to Dau Tieng from the battalion forward base detonated an explosive device on one of the dirt roads running through the Michelin at XT 557512. The APC was completely destroyed and seven Bobcats were killed. At 1250 hours, a Dust-off was requested for two Bobcats who were in shock.
Graves registration personnel were called to the location to help recover body parts. The explosive device was later estimated to be in the 500 pound bomb category. An M-548 TVR was also damaged in the blast. The ramp from the APC was blown backwards into the 548, knocking out its final drive.

Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
Plot QQ, 583

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Date of birth:
  • 26 November 1948
  • Date of death: 28 February 1970
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Red Bank
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Awards: Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIII, Top Panel
  • Sponsored by: J. Norman Naylor

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