|Birth: ||Jul. 3, 1938|
|Death: ||Jul. 1, 1968, Vietnam|
USMA Class of 1962. Cullum No. 24407.
Robert Charles Dickinson was born on June 1938 in Highland Park, Michigan, the only son of Lieutenant Colonel W.C. Dickinson and Alice Swinback Dickinson. In July 1958, he entered West Point as a member of the Class of 1962. After graduation in June 1962, he married Dorothea Traina. From 1962 to late 1964, he took the courses to prepare him for combat duty in Vietnam. He spent thirteen months as an Infantry officer advisor and received the Army Commendation Medal for heroism, for assisting in the rescue of personnel in a downed helicopter, under enemy fire. He returned to the United States in fall 1965. He was assigned to Fort Lewis in the state of Washington as an instructor of 4th Infantry Division personnel and had nine months of intensive training at the Armored School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In late May 1968, he reported for his second tour of duty in South Vietnam. Six weeks later, on July 1, 1968, while leading a security column on a road clearing mission in enemy-infested territory, he was killed by an enemy land mine. He was promoted posthumously to the grade of Major as of January 6, 1968. His decorations and citations included the Soldiers Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with V for valor, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Cold Star and Silver Star and the Presidential Unit Citation. He also earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Paratrooper Badge, and Ranger Tab.
Source: United States Military Academy Association of Graduates memorial.
Wellington Cutler Dickinson (1914 - 1984)
Alice Swinback Dickinson (1913 - 2009)
Note: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel W54, Line 28.
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
New York, USA
Plot: Section XXXIV, Row E, Site 209.
Created by: SLGMSD
Record added: Jan 20, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 123818480
USMA Class of 1962|
Added: Feb. 29, 2016
Posthumously promoted to Major. ROBERT C DICKINSON is on the Wall at Panel W54, Line 28. May his sacrifice not be forgotten.|
Billy M. Brown
Added: Feb. 18, 2016
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