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SSGT Robert Susumu “Bob” Masuda

SSGT Robert Susumu “Bob” Masuda

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 13 May 1969 (aged 21)
Binh Duong, Vietnam
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID 99774417 · View Source
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In Loving Memory ... SSGT Robert Susumu Masuda.
*** Staff Sergeant Masuda was a machine gunner with Company B, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. On May 13, 1969, he was on a reconnaissance enforce mission northwest of Saigon in Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam. The unit found a large cache of rice and destroyed it. Later Staff Sergeant Masuda was missing. 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!

Age: 28
Race: Asian
Date of Birth Oct 19, 1947 Born in Cleveland, OH.
Religion: BUDDHISM
Marital Status: Married - Shirley S. Masuda.
Parents: Mother, Alice T. Masuda and Father, George, is Deceased. Brother, Ron. He had NO children.

SSGT - E6 - Army - Selective Service
82nd Airborne Division
His tour began on May 13, 1969
Casualty was on Mar 16, 1976
Hostile, died while missing, GROUND CASUALTY

Body was not recovered
Panel 25W - Line 106

Other Personnel In Incident: David L. Munoz (missing)

SP4 Robert Masuda and PFC David L. Munoz were serving as a machine gun team on a reconnaissance enforce mission northwest of Saigon in Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam on May 13, 1969.

At about 0900 hours, their unit, Company B, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry, found a large quantity of rice in a village, and both Masuda and Munoz assisted in destroying the rice cache, believed to be supplies stored by or intended for the Viet Cong.

The unit began moving toward their night position. At 1800 hours, it was determined that Masuda and Munoz were missing. Company B began to retrace the day's route and search the area where the rice had been found and destroyed.

A well found in the area that had been recently filled in with dirt was partially excavated in search of the two men, but excavation was stopped with the approach of darkness.

Freshly fired AK47 rounds and scattered bits of blood-soaked sand were found in the position in which these two men were last seen.

on May 18, Company B returned to the area and found an 82nd Airborne patch in a pack of cards that may have belonged to Masuda.

Defense Department notations indicate that both men were "possibly thrown into well".


Gravesite Details Looking for location of his hometown Headstone.





  • Created by: Eddieb
  • Added: 28 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99774417
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Robert Susumu “Bob” Masuda (19 Oct 1947–13 May 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99774417, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .