Gordon R. Roberts
Together': Soldier's one-man assault exemplified his unit's
pictured wearing his Medal of Honor. (U.S. Army
of Ap Bia Mountain, also known as Hill 937 -- "Hamburger
Hill" -- included the men of B Co., 1st Battalion, 506th
Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Spc. 4 Gordon R. Roberts,
like his B Co. comrades, knew in the summer of 1969 after
Hamburger Hill that time was running out for any kind of American
victory. Yet Roberts, like so many others, continued to fight
with bravery and distinction.
11, Roberts' platoon was pinned down by heavy fire from a
hill while trying to maneuver along a ridge below. Roberts
charged the closest enemy bunker and silenced it. He continued
his one-man assault on another and then another bunker, even
after enemy fire knocked his rifle from his hands and forced
him to take up a weapon dropped by a comrade. Cut off from
his platoon, Roberts assaulted yet another bunker before fighting
his way back to another 1/506th company, where he assisted
in moving the wounded to an evacuation area before he returned
to B Co. For his actions that day, Roberts was awarded the
Medal of Honor.
Sgt. Roberts had been detailed as a reporter to Stars &
Stripes newspaper. He was on an assignment back with his fellow
Currahees one day when a squad from the 506th started running
towards one of its patrols that had sighted an enemy formation.
Roberts fell in beside Mike Bookser.
didn't have a gun and I asked him what he was doing ... he
told me he was going to help," Bookser said. "I
commented on him not having a gun, and he told me he would
pick one up when we got to where we were going ... I told
him he was nuts. Now understand that this conversation was
going on while we were running through the jungle. What a
guy!" Roberts may be considered the exemplar of the Currahee
motto: "We stand together -- then, now, and always."