Robert Henry Jenkins, JrPrivate First Class
C CO, 3RD RECON BN, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
01 June 1948 - 05 March 1969
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The database page for Robert Henry Jenkins, Jr
Early on the morning of March 4, 1969, Private First Class Jenkins' 12-man reconnaissance team was occupying a defensive position at Fire Support Base Argonne south of the Demilitarized Zone. Suddenly, the Marines were assaulted by a North Vietnamese Army platoon employing mortars, automatic weapons and hand grenades.
Reacting instantly, Private Jenkins and another Marine quickly moved into a two-man fighting emplacement and delivered accurate machine gun fire against the enemy. A North Vietnamese soldier threw a hand grenade into the emplacement. Private Jenkins quickly seized his comrade and, pushing the man to the ground, leaped on top of the Marine to shield him from the explosion.
Absorbing the full impact of the detonation, Jenkins was seriously injured and subsquently succumbed to his wounds.
"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
Placed by the Putnam County (Florida) Archivist,
I went to the cemetery where you were buried and saw that a tall standing tree was at the foot of your grave. It appears that it was planted several years ago, possibly even when you were buried. It is obvious that your gravesite is well taken care of, and I wondered if your family was responsible for the upkeep.
I was not even born when you died but I am amazed with what you did in Vietnam at such a young age. Your actions are certainly a testament to your character and what kind of man you were. God bless you and those that take care of your gravesite.
You are alive as long as people remember.
Dear Family and Friends,
A Note from The Virtual WallThree men from Charlie Company, 3rd Recon Bn, died at FSB Argonne on 05 Mar 1969:
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
the Putnam County (Florida) Archivist,
Mary E. Murphy
3 Jul 2002
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 11/13/2010