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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.