Hill 488
By Ray Hildreth
Bloody Beaches
By Daniel Wrinn

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Condon
  • FORENAME
Robert Eugene
  • UNIT
U.S.N. UDT-12 (C.O.)
  • RANK
Lieutenant Commander
  • NUMBER
619464
  • DATE OF DEATH
18th January 1968
  • AGE
33
  • GRAVESITE
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California Section Q Site 1571
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
from Lexington, Nebraska
born 2.7.1934, Nebraska, USA
married
3 years service
award Bronze Star with V
KIA Kien Hoa Province, South Vietnam
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. Panel 34E Row 67

LCDR Robert Eugene Condon, USN was killed on 18 January 1968. LCDR Condon was the commanding officer of Underwater Demolition Team TWELVE (UDT 12). At 0749 hours an Armored Troop Carrier (ATC) T-112-1 (a.k.a. Landing Craft Medium/LCM) was struck by two B-40 rocket propelled grenades (RPG-2), while on a blocking station at the confluence of Ong Buong Stream and the Ben Tre River, six miles southeast of Ben Tre, Giong Trom District, Kien Hoa Province, Republic of Vietnam. One B-40 rocket fired from a RPG-2 hit the ramp and penetrated it. The explosion killed LCDR Condon instantly wounded one crewmember. UDT 12 had been in-country to observe the evaluation of the new "Aqua Dart," which his men were testing.
 
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