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Robert Henry Jenkins, Jr
Birth: Jun. 1, 1948
Death: Mar. 5, 1969

Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during the Viet Nam War in the United States Marine Corps as a Private First Class in the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division (Rein), FMF. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Fire Support Base Argonne, Republic of Vietnam on March 5, 1969. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a machine gunner with Company C, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, in connection with operations against enemy forces. Early in the morning Pfc. Jenkins' 12-man reconnaissance team was occupying a defensive position at Fire Support Base Argonne south of the Demilitarized Zone. Suddenly, the marines were assaulted by a North Vietnamese Army platoon employing mortars, automatic weapons, and hand grenades. Reacting instantly, Pfc. Jenkins and another marine quickly moved into a 2-man fighting emplacement, and as they boldly delivered accurate machine gun fire against the enemy, a North Vietnamese soldier threw a hand grenade into the friendly emplacement. Fully realizing the inevitable results of his actions, Pfc. Jenkins quickly seized his comrade, and pushing the man to the ground, he leaped on top of the marine to shield him from the explosion. Absorbing the full impact of the detonation, Pfc. Jenkins was seriously injured and subsequently succumbed to his wounds. His courage, inspiring valor and selfless devotion to duty saved a fellow marine from serious injury or possible death and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country". His Medal was awarded to his family by Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew at the White House on March 5, 1969. Additionally, a 149-bed home for elderly soldiers in Lake City, Florida, was named in honor of Pfc. Jenkins, specifically the "Robert H. Jenkins, Jr. Veterans Domiciliary Home of Florida." (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
Burial:
Sister Spring Cemetery
Interlachen
Putnam County
Florida, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Mar 13, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6257533
Robert Henry Jenkins, Jr
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Robert Henry Jenkins, Jr
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Robert Henry Jenkins, Jr
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Merry Christmas (early)! God bless you as you attend the magnificent celebration of Jesus Christ's Birthday within His Kingdom. Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Dec. 13, 2014
God bless you throughout the 2014 Yuletide Season, the holiest season of the year. Merry Christmas (early)! Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Dec. 9, 2014
God bless you on your Birthday (USMC's 239th Birthday). Semper Fi. Rest in Peace, marine.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Nov. 10, 2014
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