RANGERS 2 Mastin, Robert L.

John Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Mastin
  • FORENAME
Robert L.
  • UNIT
1 Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne)
  • RANK
Private First Class
  • NUMBER
17265186
  • AWARD
Distinguished Service Cross
  • PLACE
South Korea 1951
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
KIA - see Roll of Honour
 

ROLL OF HONOUR:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/mastin-robert-l.4870/

CITATION:

Distinguished Service Cross : The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Robert L. Mastin (ASN: RA-17265186), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 1st Ranger Company (Airborne), 2d Infantry Division. Private First Class Mastin distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces in the vicinity of Kunmul-Gol, Korea, on 17 and 18 May 1951. Private First Class Mastin's company, committed to securing commanding ground on the left flank of the battalion perimeter, moved into position under withering automatic-weapons and small-arms fire. Private Mastin, constantly braved intense hostile fire as he ministered to the wounded and assisted in their evacuation. Although wounded himself in the initial action, he continued to perform his duties with determination. The enemy launched repeated assaults, showering friendly positions with grenades and inflicting further casualties. Disregarding his safety, Private Mastin moved freely among the wounded and continued to render aid and to assist them to places of safety. Despite additional wounds received during the action, he unhesitatingly made his way to the assistance of a wounded comrade through heavy enemy fire. While continuing his heroic performance of duty and directing others in caring for the wounded, he lost his life. Private Mastin's courageous actions were a source of great inspiration to all who observed him and his outstanding valor and consummate devotion to duty reflect the highest credit on himself and uphold the finest traditions of the military service.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/7243

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/112823569/robert-l-mastin
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