Robert Richard Malecki

Army of the United States
31 December 1944 - 13 May 1969
Chicago, Illinois
Panel 25W Line 104


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Robert Richard Malecki

26 Nov 2007

Alone, all things come back to me.
In silence the pain is eased.
In reflection you are felt with us,
and we are comforted.

From a friend,
Walter K. Johnson

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Fire Support Base AIRBORNE was located on the northern point of a ridgeline which ran parallel to the A Shau Valley in western Thua Thien Province. In early May 1969 FSB AIRBORNE was manned by three artillery batteries protected by elements of the 2nd Bn, 501st Infantry. On the night of 12/13 May the base was attacked by the 6th NVA Regiment supported by 46 men from the K-12 Sapper Bn. The bloody fight which followed left 27 Americans dead and at least 61 wounded. NVA losses were not accurately known since the attackers had, as usual, taken as many of their dead with them as was possible, but 39 NVA bodies were left behind. C Btry 2/319 Arty and A Co 2/501st Infantry had borne the brunt of the attack:
  • C Btry, 2nd Bn, 319th Artillery
    • CPT Moulton L. Freeman, Port St Joe, FL
    • SSG Kenneth T. Cruise, San Francisco, CA
    • SP5 James R. Gohagin, Atmore, AL
    • SGT James C. Harper, Nicholls, GA
    • SGT Bobby G. Lawrence, Sacramento, CA
    • SGT Francis L. Souza, Orange, CA
    • CPL Edward A. Clarke, Downingtown, PA
    • SP4 Eric B. Johnson, Laurens, IA
    • SP4 Richard R. Kelley, Weymouth, MA
    • SP4 Arlen J. Miller, Emmaus, PA
    • SP4 Roger D. Ross, Hayward, CA
    • CPL Thomas W. Sadler, Oakland, CA
    • CPL William F. Silver, Vinton, VA
    • PFC Warren P. Nix, Los Angeles, CA

  • A Co, 2nd Bn, 501st Infantry
    • 2LT Bruce Saunders, New York, NY
    • SGT Oscar D. Boydston, San Francisco, CA
    • SP4 Carl F. Arbogast, Marquette, MI
    • SP4 Donald J. Corbett, Adel, GA
    • CPL Ernest L. Gordon, Birmingham, AL
    • CPL Robert R. Malecki, Chicago, IL
    • SP4 Samuel C. Tharpe, Bentonville, VA
    • PFC Cleabern W. Hill, Stantonville, TN
    • PFC William D. Poole, Marietta, SC
    • PFC Lynn C. Swanson, Argyle, MN

  • C Co, 2nd Bn, 501st Infantry
  • E Co, 2nd Bn, 501st Infantry

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 Nov 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009