Robert Daniel Higbee

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
10 November 1945 - 10 August 1966
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Panel 09E Line 123



Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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18 Nov 2006

Bobby was lost to us in Quang Tin, South Vietnam by hostile ground forces and was a casualty by an "other explosive device". His body was recovered and returned home to his family. He was buried next to his only sister and is now joined by both parents in Valley Forge Memorial Gardens, Valley Forge, PA.

From a cousin,
Lawrence A Harlan

A Note from The Virtual Wall

At about 1100 on 10 August 1966, during OPERATION COLORADO, the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, made contact with elements of two NVA battalions near the village of Cam Khe about 8 kilometers west of Tam Ky. The initial contact developed into a full-fledged battle fought in a driving rainstorm which did not clear until about 1730. Although VMO-6 provided armed Huey support, and both shore-based artillery and naval gunfire supported the Marines, fixed-wing aircraft were unable to operate in the area until the rainstorm broke. The 1/5 Marines suffered 16 men killed in action with another 65 wounded but killed more than 100 NVA troops before the battle ended.

The Marines and sailors who died in the fight were

  • A Company:
    • Sgt Ernest B. Amador, San Antonio, TX
    • Sgt John D. Smith, Camden, NJ (DoW 08/11/1966)
    • HM3 Walter P. Jackson, Danville, IL
    • Pfc Lawrence J. Kindred, Overland, MO
    • Pvt Richard A. Skinner, Greenbelt, MD

  • B Company:
    • HM3 James T. Elrod, Moultrie, GA (Silver Star)
    • LCpl Richard W. Williamson, Fife, VA
    • Pfc Kenneth E. Tasker, Deer Park, MD
    • Pfc Everette A. Thompson, Grand Rapids, MI

  • C Company:
    • Cpl Douglas B. Haddix, Springfield, OH
    • LCpl Robert D. Higbee, Drexel Hill, PA
    • HN Lawrence T. Steiner, Houston, TX
    • Pfc David L. Faught, Grand Rapids, MI
    • Pfc Melvin Rolle, Miami, FL
    • Pfc Paul E. Sudsbury, Corinna, ME

  • H&S Company:
    • LCpl Richard P. Donathan, Grand Junction, CO

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a cousin,
Lawrence A Harlan

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 18 Nov 2006
Last updated 12/11/2006