Brigadier General Robert Donald Stevenson duty assignments include:
Inspector General, 1st Cavalry Division, United States Army, Vietnam;
Deputy Brigade Commander and Brigade Commander, 2d Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, United States, Vietnam;
Commanding Officer, 2d Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry division, United States Army, Vietnam;
Special Assistant to Chief of Staff for Orientation of senior Officers, 1st Cavalry Division, United States Army, Vietnam;
Personnel Management Officer, Personnel Actions Section, Infantry Branch, Office of Personnel Operations, United States Army, Washington, D.C.;
Chief, Personnel Actions Section, Infantry Branch, Office of Personnel Operations, Washington, D.C.;
Commanding Officer, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Vietnam.
Distinguished Service Cross
Legion of Merit (2 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal
Air Medal (15th Award)
Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Combat Infantryman Badge
Army Aviator Badge.
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS During Vietnam War
Service: US Army
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Division: 1st Cavalry Division
Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 2791 (June 10, 1967)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Robert D. Stevenson (ASN: 0-70515), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Headquarters, 2d Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Lieutenant Colonel Stevenson distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 11 March 1967 while commanding the 2d Battalion, 5th Cavalry during an engagement with a large enemy force near Phu Ninh. Throughout the afternoon of the battle, he dauntlessly exposed himself to intense ground fire to direct the action from his command and control helicopter. Even after the aircraft sustained several hits, Colonel Stevenson continued to fly at low altitude over the ravaged area to ensure mission accomplishment. When one of his company commanders was killed and the situation rapidly deteriorated, he disregarded the mounting dangers and landed amidst a hail of hostile fire. Colonel Stevenson fearlessly moved about the battlefield, and comforted the casualties and shouted encouragement to the troops. As darkness fell, he consolidated the company perimeter and directed the collection of dead and wounded at a central point. Throughout the night, he commanded the battalion from his forward position and called for supporting fires and illumination devices which enabled the medevac aircraft to extract the wounded. Only when a new company commander was brought in the following morning did Colonel Stevenson leave the battle area. His great presence of mind and courageous example during the entire engagement saved many lives and were an immeasurable inspiration to his men as they repulsed the insurgent attack. Lieutenant Colonel Stevenson's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
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