Robert Joseph Sullivan

Master Sergeant
Army of the United States
19 November 1936 - 12 July 1967
East Alstead, New Hampshire
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Robert Joseph Sullivan

12 July 2001

With Robert's passing we lost a great soldier and a true hero. It is with deep gratitude that we are remembering Master Sergeant Robert Sullivan and all the others who served and died in times of war so that we may enjoy the Freedom and Liberties that make the United States of America great.

A memorial from his comrade's friend,
Clark T. Ballard, Jr., M.D., Colonel, U S Army (Ret)
66 Leschi Drive, Steilacoom, WA 98388-1514

01 Aug 2006

I knew where the road was going and could not stop the chain of events that were to proceed. I knew not where the road was to end. I know the road never brought you back. I miss you so deeply. Your little girl...

From his daughter,
Eileen Sullivan

05 Jan 2007

To daddy-

I have met many of the people your life touched while you were here with us on earth. Larry is terrific - he thinks of you as a son, he honors your memory each day. I have shared parts of your life that make me smile, when I am blue I think of your Spanish... (yes, Larry told me). We love you always. Take care of Dennis, some day we will all be together.


From his eldest daughter,
Kathleen Sullivan

29 Nov 2007

SFC Robert Sullivan, front row, third from right
Photo courtesy of Ray Davidson

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 10 July 1967 a surveillance team composed of three American Special Forces soldiers and eight South Vietnamese Nungs was inserted just inside Laos in the extreme southeast portion of Savannakhet Province. The team was tasked with surveillance of a branch of the Ho Chi Minh Trail which followed Route 922 into the A Shau Valley. Although the team avoided contact through the 11th, at mid-morning on the 12th they were attacked by a platoon-size enemy force. Two of the Nungs were killed in the first exchange of fire, and two of the three Americans wounded shortly thereafter in the second exchange. After a five-hour running fight, six of the eleven men, all wounded, were extracted - one American and five Nungs. During his debrief the surviving American (Harry D. Brown) stated that he was present when the other two Americans - SFC Robert J Sullivan and SFC Samuel Almendariz - were killed by enemy fire.

Search forces went back into the area of contact over the next few days but failed to locate the bodies of the missing men. Almendariz and Sullivan were listed as killed in action, body not recovered.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 8 Jul 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009