Robert AlexanderSpecialist Four
C CO, 1ST BN, 5TH CAV RGT, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
04 April 1947 - 09 May 1968
Washington, District of Columbia
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Robert began his tour October 29, 1967. I never knew this young man, but my father did. My Dad was his communications chief. Dad doesn't talk about the past but he always remembered Alexander's name along with a few others. He died so young for his country, along with many others. His name wasn't included on this site and I wanted him to be remembered as well.
A memorial from a friend.
A Note from The Virtual WallOn the night of 08/09 May 1968 the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, was operating in western Quang Tri Province from a temporary base located at grid coordinates YD237678. At 0705 on 09 May the battalion came under attack by North Vietnamese Army forces - initially by mortar fire, then a full-fledged ground attack. One of the first casualties was the morning logistics helicopter, a Huey from A Company, 227th AHB, which was shot down and crashed between the NVA and 5th Cav positions. The cavalrymen were able to rescue two crewmen from the burning wreckage but both pilots were killed in the crash.
Charlie Company was cut off from the other companies and bore the brunt of the attack. The NVA were fended off, but not without cost, and the aggressive patrolling which followed brought more US losses. By day's end, 19 men had died:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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