PO Robert Knell Gillies

PO Robert Knell Gillies

Death 21 Apr 1969 (aged 21)
Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 98571562 · View Source
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Hospital Corpsman Third Class, U.S. Navy

On 21 April 1969, Hospital Corpsman Third Class Robert Knell Gillies was serving with B Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam.

On that day, HM3 Gillies was killed in action when he sustained wounds from small arms fire. His body was recovered.

Medals and Badge

Silver Star Medal *
Purple Heart (2 Awards)
Combat Action Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal

Silver Star Medal Citation

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Hospital Corpsman Third Class Robert Knell Gillies (NSN: 9164494), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Corpsman with Company B, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 21 April 1969, Petty Officer Gillies' platoon was conducting a search and destroy operation in Quang Nam Province when the Marines came under a heavy volume of small arms and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force occupying fortified emplacements and sustained several casualties. Disregarding his own safety, Petty Officer Gillies unhesitatingly left his covered position and fearlessly maneuvered across the hazardous area to the side of a wounded Marine who was lying in a position dangerously exposed to the intense enemy fire. Ignoring the hostile rounds impacting near him, he was skillfully administering first aid to the injured man when he was seriously wounded in the jaw. Despite his painful injuries, he steadfastly remained with his wounded comrade and resolutely continued to render effective medical treatment until his own injuries weakened him to the point of exhaustion. Although unable to speak, he calmly directed the efforts of two Marines in resuming the treatment of his patients, calmly showing them the proper items of equipment to utilize until Petty Officer Gillies succumbed to his wounds. By his courage, sincere concern for the welfare of his comrades and selfless devotion to duty, Petty Officer Gillies inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.


The name Robert K Gillies is located on Panel 26W Line 019 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

HM3 Robert K. Gillies has Honoree Record 44202 at MilitaryHallofHonor.com.

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  • Created by: Charles A. Lewis
  • Added: 9 Oct 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 98571562
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PO Robert Knell Gillies (23 Mar 1948–21 Apr 1969), Find a Grave Memorial no. 98571562, citing Northwood Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Charles A. Lewis (contributor 47162573) .