Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division (Rein), FMF


Place and date: Fire Support Base Argonne, Republic of Vietnam, 5 March 1969


Entered service at: Jacksonville, Florida


Born: 1 June 1948, Interlachen, Florida




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.


The following message was received from Fred Ostrom on 21 May 1997

"Just wanted to thank you for creating this site. I am the Marine mentioned in Robert's citation. Because of his actions I and my two kids are alive today, to say nothing of future generations of Ostroms. Semper Fi."

Fred D. Ostrom U.S.M.C. (Ret)

Rochester, New York

The Vietnam Veterans Home Page, the preeminent location on the web for all things concerning the Vietnam War, has a memorial page for Robert H. Jenkins Jr.

Go To: Robert H. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Page

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Last name: JENKINS


Home of Record (official): INTERLACHEN

State (official): FL

Date of Birth: Tuesday, June 1, 1948

Sex: Male

Race: Negro

Marital Status: Single


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Branch: Marine Corps

Rank: PFC

Serial Number: 2428700

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E2

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 0311


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Start of Tour: Wednesday, July 17, 1968

Date of Casualty: Wednesday, March 5, 1969

Age at time of loss: 20

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Other explosive device (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Tri

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