|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1918|
|Death: ||Mar. 6, 1966|
Virginia Beach City
Bob, son of Mrs. C.S. Armstrong of Birmingham, AL; was the loving husband of Shirley (Waite) Armstrong, former LT USMC [WWII] and father of Caroline, Robert, William, and Army (Ira). Beloved by both his Lake Shores neighbors and fellow Marines as well.
Col. Armstrong was not only a real-life "Devil Dog" but also an Officer and a Gentleman to boot. He was a graduate of Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University).
Following is his Silver Star Citation;
Action Date: November 24, 1943
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major Robert H. Armstrong (MCSN: 0-6814), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against Japanese forces in the Piva Forks area, Bougainville Island, British Solomon Islands, as the Artillery Liaison Officer from the Third Battalion, Twelfth Marines, THIRD Marine Division. In preparation for an attack to be launched against a heavily-fortified position occupied by two reinforced Japanese battalions and concealed in dense jungle and swamps, Major Armstrong, though continuously subjected to machine gun, rifle and grenade fire from the Japanese outposts, scouted out and fixed the location of the entire enemy installation. He then searched the area for an observation post from which he could adjust the fires of the Artillery; the only such station that met the requirements was a clearing in the jungle on the side of a hill in full view of the enemy. However, realizing that the great defensive strength of the Japanese installations would cause innumerable casualties among our troops when they advanced unless reduced by artillery, Major Armstrong, without hesitation, occupied this exposed position and though subjected to continuous enemy artillery and small arms fire that killed or wounded nineteen of twenty-four members of his party, remained in the position until he had adjusted, coordinated and directed the fire of seven battalions of artillery and conducted the firing of a barrage that completely destroyed the enemy installations and killed hundreds of Japanese soldiers, thus permitting the passage of the Japanese lines by our troops with a minimum of losses. Major Armstrong's great personal bravery, his exceptionally courageous devotion to duty and his outstanding actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Signed: WILLIAM F. HALSEY,Jr.; ADM, USN
Commander South Pacific: Serial 00314 (January 27, 1944)
Shirley Waite Armstrong (1918 - 2002)
Robert Hardin Armstrong
World War II
Vietnam (erroneously omitted by the DVA)
JAN 11 1918
MAR 6 1966
Silver Star **** Bronze Star "M"
Hampton National Cemetery
Plot: E, 884 E
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Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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Added: Oct. 23, 2014
In loving memory of my neighbor and "second father" Col. Bob Armstrong, USMC Served: WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Silver Star and Bronze Star (M) The knowledge you provided served me well during my service in the Army! You were truly an Officer and a Gentlema...(Read more)|
Added: Jul. 5, 2012