|Birth: ||Feb. 14, 1947|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 1968, Cambodia|
In Loving Memory ... SSGT. Robert Francis Scherdin.
*** Staff Sergeant Scherdin was a member of Command and Control North, 5th Special Forces Group. On December 29, 1968, he was a member of a reconnaissance patrol in Rotanokiri Province, Cambodia that came under attack. He was declared Missing in Action. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!
ROBERT FRANCIS SCHERDIN - Army - SSGT - E6
Date of Birth Feb 14, 1947
From: SOMERVILLE, NJ
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status: Single Parents: Father, , and Mother ? Katherine D. Scherdin, Born May 9, 1924 and died Nov. 19, 2008 in Somerset Co., New Jersey.
SSGT - E6 - Army - Special Forces
His tour began on Dec 29, 1968
Casualty was on Nov 27, 1978
In , CAMBODIA
Hostile, died while missing, GROUND CASUALTY
Body was not recovered
Panel 35W - Line 6
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)
On 29 December 1968, then PFC Robert Francis Scherdin, assistant team leader, was assigned to a 10-man reconnaissance patrol that had been inserted into Cambodia in the tri-border region where South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia meet.
The team was comprised of two Americans and eight Montagnards.
As the team prosecuted its mission, the team leader suspected enemy forces were located nearby and took 4 Montagnards with him to investigate the area ahead of them. As the rear element with PFC Scherdin in command, moved forward toward the team leader's position, it came under heavy automatic weapons fire from a concealed enemy position.
Nguang, one of the Montagnards with Robert Scherdin, saw him fall to the ground on his right side.
Nguang tried to help PFC Scherdin stand up, but the assistant team leader only groaned and would not get up. As the firefight raged around them, Nguang was wounded. At that time, he realized the other three members of the rear element were moving away from the ambush site and he quickly joined them.
The five members of the lead element continued a running gun battle with the NVA. They finally requested an immediate emergency extraction. After the extraction was completed, the team leader was informed that PFC Scherdin had been wounded and because of the tactical situation, had to be left behind.
On 30 December 1968, a search and rescue Bright Light platoon-size team was inserted into the area to search for Robert Scherdin.
As the team moved up the mountain toward the location where Robert Scherdin fell, a communist Chinese manufactured claymore mine was detonated seriously wounding several team members and initiating a fierce battle between the Hatchet Force and an estimated 2-company NVA force.
Over the next hours, the small SAR force, with the assistance of multiple air strikes, repulsed repeated enemy attacks on their position. Finally the surviving team members, which numbered less then half of the men who had been inserted were extracted by helo.
In January 1969, the rear element of the original team was reinserted into the battle site to search for Robert Scherdin. That team, which was comprised entirely of Montagnards, remained on the ground for four days.
There was no information about the fate of PFC Scherdin because the team died in a helicopter crash shortly after their own emergency extraction.
At the time the formal search and rescue/recovery effort was terminated, Robert Scherdin was reported as Missing in Action.
Note: Looking for location of his hometown Memorial Headstone.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Dec 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102464179