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Robert Michael Casey

Robert Michael Casey

Male 1948 - 1968  (19 years)

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  • Name Robert Michael Casey 
    Born 15 Jun 1948  Guttenberg, Hudson, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 May 1968  South Viet Nam Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, Bergen, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I15863  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2011 

    Father M.J. Casey 
    Mother Mary Ann Moran,   b. 20 Nov 1923, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 2005, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Family ID F6161  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Vietnam War: U.S. Military Casualties, 1956-1998 Name: Robert Michael Casey Birth Date: 15 Jun 1948 Death Date: 16 May 1968 Gender: Male Age: 19 Race: Caucasian Home City: Guttenberg Home State: New Jersey Religion: Roman Catholic Marital Status: Single SSN/Service #: B111377 Citizen Status: U.S. Death Date: 16 May 1968 Processed Date: May 1968 Casualty Country: Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) Casualty Type: Hostile - Killed Casualty Reason: Gunshot or Small Arms Fire Casualty Air: Ground Casualty Body Status: Body Recovered Service Branch: Department of the Navy Military Grade: Hospital Corpsman (Navy) Pay Grade: E4; Province: Military Region 1 - Quang Nam;Length of Service : 01; Service Occupation: Hospital Corpsman

      Robert the son of Martin J. and Mary Ann Casey of Guttenberg NJ enlisted in the US Navy on July 26, 1966 in Brooklyn NY. He underwent Field Medical School at Camp LeJeune NC and then was stationed at the US Naval Hospital in St Albans NY. He arrived in Vietnam on December 15, 1967 and was assigned for duty with H&S Company attached to Company G, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF.

      On operation Allen Brook, Company G and encountered a NVA Battalion in the fortified village complex of Phu Dong. The Marines encountered heavy enemy fire, varying from individual small arms, to B-40 RPG, heavy machine-gun and mortar fire. The attacking force began taking heavy casualty's from an entrenched enemy who stood its ground in protective bunkers often fighting the Marines at close quarters. Marine mortar fire and artillery support could not break the NVA defenses throughout most of the day, until finally the sweltering heat and an accumulation of fifty fixed wing air strikes forced the NVA out of their bunkers and trenches, afraid of encirclement by the evening the NVA broke contact and withdrew leaving some of their dead behind. Marine losses were heavy with units reporting twenty five dead and over forty wounded; among them was HM3 Casey who had been killed by an enemy gunshot. HM3 Casey was presented the Navy Cross posthumously "For extraordinary heroism on 16 May 1968"

      CASEY, ROBERT MICHAEL; Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Robert Michael Casey (B111377), Hospitalman Third Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on 16 May 1968 while serving as a Corpsman with Company G, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. During Operation ALLEN BROOK, Company G was moving through a fortified village in Quang Nam Province to engage an estimated 200 North Vietnamese Army Regulars. Suddenly, the point elements came under heavy enemy fire, sustaining numerous casualties. Petty Officer Casey unhesitatingly moved forward under the intense hostile fire and administered medical aid to one of the wounded Marines. Although wounded himself, he disregarded his own injury as he proceeded to another casualty to render medical treatment. Wounded again while assisting his comrade, Petty Officer Casey steadfastly continued his efforts and moved to the aid of still another casualty, receiving two additional wounds while treating the Marine. When other Marines moved forward to evacuate Petty Officer Casey, he adamantly refused to leave the battle area, stating that he wanted to continue to treat the wounded. After being evacuated to the rear by his companions, he encouraged the casualties around him and provided instructions to others in applying battle dressings. Upon hearing a wounded Marine call for aid, Petty Officer Casey dauntlessly crawled to the man and, while treating his injuries, was mortally wounded. By his unflagging courage, selfless concern for the welfare of his comrades, and unfaltering devotion to duty, Petty Officer Casey upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals; Home Town: Guttenberg, New Jersey