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Art Leatherwood

LAW, ROBERT D. (1944–1969). Robert D. Law, Medal of Honor recipient, was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on September 14, 1944. He attended Technical High School in Fort Worth and was inducted into the army in October 1967 at Dallas. Specialist Fourth Class Law was a ranger with Company I, Seventy-fifth Infantry, First Infantry Division, United States Army on February 22, 1969, in Tinh Phuoc Thanh province, Vietnam. He and five companions were on a long-range reconnaissance patrol when they made contact with a small enemy patrol. As the opposing elements exchanged intense fire, Law maneuvered to a perilously exposed position and began directing suppressive fire on the enemy. His spirited defense rallied his comrades against the well-equipped hostile troops. When an enemy grenade landed in his team's position, Law, instead of diving to safety, threw his body on the grenade and sacrificed his own life to save the lives of his comrades. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." The medal was presented to his parents, Mrs. Martha E. Moore of Fort Worth and Robert M. Law of Leander, by President Richard M. Nixon at the White House on August 6, 1970. Law is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Fort Worth.


Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients, 1863–1973 (Washington: GPO, 1973).

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