Robert Thomas Walsh

Staff Sergeant
HMM-361, MAG-36, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
23 March 1936 - 10 August 1966
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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1ST MAW H-34 HMM-361
Silver Star

Combat Aircrew

Purple Heart, Air Medal, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Robert T. Walsh

The database page for Robert Thomas Walsh

29 Aug 2004

"... a hell of a Marine ..."
Chuck Lehneis, HMM-361

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A Note from The Virtual Wall

Late in the afternoon of 10 Aug 1966 Staff Sergeant Robert Walsh volunteered to fly as a gunner on an emergency resupply and medevac mission, probably in support of 1st Battalion, 5th Marines (see HN Lawrence T. Steiner). While the casualty file indicates he died in a helicopter crash, he did not - but he was killed on the mission. His actions before his death warranted a posthumous Silver Star, the third highest award for valor in combat. Information on the incident can be found on the Pop-A-Smoke site

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