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Robert Franklin Foley


U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Moving through the jungle to extricate another besieged unit, Captain Foley's company encountered a strong enemy force occupying well concealed, defensive positions, and the leading element sustained several casualties. Captain Foley ran forward to the scene of the most intense action to direct the company's efforts. Deploying one platoon on the flank, he led the other two platoons in an attack on the enemy. Both radio operators accompanying him were wounded and he defied enemy fire to help them to a position where they could receive medical care. As he moved forward again one of his machinegun crews was wounded. Seizing the weapon, he charged forward firing the gun, shouting orders and rallying his men. Under increasingly heavy enemy fire he ordered his assistant to take cover and, alone, continued to advance until the wounded had been evacuated. When movement on the other flank was halted, he moved to personally direct this phase of the battle. He was blown off his feet and wounded by an enemy grenade but refused medical aid and persevered in the forefront of the attack on the enemy redoubt. He led the assault on several enemy gun emplacements and, single-handedly, destroyed three such positions.

Robert Foley graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1963.

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