Oct 102011

1st LT Robert Marshall Gribble

Birth: Apr. 14, 1947 Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC

Death: Mar. 29, 1971 Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. 1st

LT Robert Marshall Gribble, Vietnam Veteran native of Charlotte, NC was 23 years old and was married. It was reported that Robert died in the line of duty but his mortal wounds were self-inflicted.

His men reported that he was a good man and were proud to serve under him and watched him grow and mature into one of the finest officers they had been privileged to serve under. Lieutenant Gribble gained the respect of everyone, and was promoted to 1st LT during his time at LZ Nancy while reopening Khe Sanh after The Battle of Khe Sanh between 21 January and 8 April 1968. Returning to LZ Nancy, he was physically and mentally exhausted. He served with Charlie Company, 14th Engineer Battalion, 45th Engineer Group, 18th Engineer Brigade, Engineering Command. He was awarded The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC

Plot: 6 – 437-5.

(Source: Posted with permission of Tom & Jim Reece, #46857744; finding NC Vietnam KIA/MIA’s gravesites; Reconfigured and submitted by: Ron Yates)

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