Casey, Robert Michael, 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
1967-1968, HM-8404, 2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)
Service Years
1966 - 1968
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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

Casualty Date
May 16, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Holy Cross Cemetery - North Arlington, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
61E 007 / Plot: Section F, Lot 25, Grave 103

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryNew Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2014, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The 16 May fight for the fortified hamlet at Phu Dong was the first major engagement in Operation Allen Brook, aimed at clearing VC and NVA forces from Go Noi Island, formed by the confluence of the Ky Lam, Ba Ren, and Chiem Son Rivers.
At Phu Dong, three companies of Marines assaulted dug-in North Vietnamese Army regulars from the newly-arrived 36th Regiment, 308th NVA Division. By days' end the NVA had been forced from Phu Dong, leaving more than 130 dead behind. In addition to 38 wounded, the Marines lost 25 men killed in action:
The branch Medical Clinic at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan,
is dedicated to HM3 Robert M. Casey.

Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Hospitalman Third Class Robert Michael Casey (NSN: B-111377), United States 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.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
Action Date: 16-May-68
Service: Navy
Rank: Hospitalman Third Class
Company: Corpsman (Attached), Company G
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 7th Marines
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMF

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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)
  1967-1968, HM-8404, 2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (68)/Operation Allen Brook
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 31, 2014, General Photos2
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