Gillies, Robert Knell, HM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
HM-8404-Medical Field Service Technician/FMF Combat Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1968-1969, HM-8404, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)
Service Years
1967 - 1969
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Apr 21, 1969
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Northwood Cemetery - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
26W 019

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryNew Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)
  1968-1969, HM-8404, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
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  Memorial Day, May 28, 1990
  Gloucester County Times
  Jan 25, 2004, Silver Star Presentation1
  May 21, 2018, General Photos
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                       *GILLIES, ROBERT KNELL (KIA)

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert Knell Gillies (9164494), Hospital Corpsman Third Class, U.S. Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Corpsman with Company B, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 21 April 1969, Petty Officer Gillies' platoon was conducting a search and destroy operation in Quang Nam Province when the Marines came under a heavy volume of small arms and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force occupying fortified emplacements and sustained several casualties. Disregarding his own safety, Petty Officer Gillies unhesitatingly left his covered position and fearlessly maneuvered across the hazardous area to the side of a wounded Marine who was lying in a position dangerously exposed to the intense enemy fire. Ignoring the hostile rounds impacting near him, he was skillfully administering first aid to the injured man when he was seriously wounded in the jaw. Despite his painful injuries, he steadfastly remained with his wounded comrade and resolutely continued to render effective medical treatment until his own injuries weakened him to the point of exhaustion. Although unable to speak, he calmly directed the efforts of two Marines in resuming the treatment of his patients, calmly showing them the proper items of equipment to utilize until Petty Officer Gillies succumbed to his wounds. By his courage, sincere concern for the welfare of his comrades and selfless devotion to duty, Petty Officer Gillies inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Mantua, New Jersey

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