Easton, Robert Glenn, GMT2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
GMT-0000-Gunners Mate Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate Technician
Primary Unit
1968-1969, GM-0000, USN River Patrol Force - Task Force 116 (TF-116)
Service Years
1966 - 1969
GMT-Gunner's Mate Technician

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Granada Hills
Last Address
Granada Hills

Casualty Date
Jul 16, 1969
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Vinh Long (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park - North Hollywood, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20W 006

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
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 Duty Stations
Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Navarro (APA-215)SERE SchoolNaval Inshore Operations Training Center (Faculty Staff)
River Division 535 (RIVDIV-535), River Squadron 53 (RIVRON-53)USN River Patrol Force - Task Force 116 (TF-116)
  1966-1966, GMG-0000, (GM) Gunners Mate A School
  1966-1968, GM-0000, USS Navarro (APA-215)
  1968-1968, GM-0000, SERE School
  1968-1968, GM-0000, Naval Inshore Operations Training Center (Faculty Staff)
  1968-1969, GM-0000, River Division 535 (RIVDIV-535), River Squadron 53 (RIVRON-53)
  1968-1969, GM-0000, USN River Patrol Force - Task Force 116 (TF-116)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (68)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War
  1968-1969 Operation Giant Slingshot
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
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  Jul 16, 2018, General Photos1
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Last Known Activity
 Bob Easton was a brown water sailor in River Division 535, serving in the Mekong Delta. They patrolled a waterway off the Co Chien River, (part of the Mekong) southeast of Vinh Long. Most patrols were in the day time, as was this one. Patrols were always two boats, they never traveled alone. In from the main river a couple of miles, just past a good sized left bend in the river, a single RPG-7 round was launched at PBR-727, it hit on the port side, forward of the main cabin. Bob was seated on the starboard side, his rifle, an M-16 at the ready. The round unfortunately exploded under Bob. This had not been a particularly hostile area and they, as a group, had not taken fire. The two units did however, go in prepared, and Bob was wearing his helmet and flak jacket at the time. It is difficult to guard against a rocket grenade without armor. When word was sent, that one of the boats was under attack, (or more correctly, two were under attack, one was hit) the rest of the division scrambled, who were back at the base at the time, onboard the USS Garrett County (LST-786), maybe five miles away. By the time the other boats got to the scene, the action was over and the only causalty, was that of GMG2 Robert G. Easton.

Second Vietnam Tour Began:  10/29/1968
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