OAKS, ROBERT LARRY
Rank / Branch:
SSG E-6 U.S. ARMY
199th LIGHT INFANTRY
Date of Birth:
HOSTILE, SMALL ARMS
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ROBERT LARRY OAKS, STAFF SERGEANT, U.S. ARMY, LAMESA, DAWSON COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Combat Infantryman's Badge, Parachute Wings, Bronze Star with "V" device, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal
Robert Larry Oaks was born in Ackerly, Texas to Opal Mae Smith Oaks and Robert Dee Oaks. Robert Oaks attended schools in the Ackerly community. He was a 1967 graduate of Sands High School in Ackerly.
He enlisted in the Army from Lamesa using Lamesa as his home of record. He completed his basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas and infantry training at Fort Ord, California. He completed parachute training at Fort Benning and also completed Ranger Training and was qualified to wear the tab. He attended the NCOC Academy at Harmony Church, Fort Benning, Georgia. He was the outstanding NCO graduate and received a promotion to SSG E-6, the only promotion in his class. He completed Leadership Training, Phases I at Fort Polk, Lousiana and Phase II at Fort Ord, California. He also completed scout dog handler training.
He left for Vietnam September 11, 1969. He was assigned to the Company M, 75th Rangers, 199th Light Infantry Brigade (independent). He was assigned as an infantry operations and intelligence specialist and was operating as a LRRP, which translated as Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol unit NCO. These men operated in 6-8 men groups and operated behind enemy lines obtaining intelligence, engaging the enemy only when abosultely necessary. He was killed by gunshot wounds in hostile action on November 11, 1969.
Fairhaven Cemetery, Ackerly, Texas
Sergeant Oaks was buried in Ackerly, Texas with full military honors. His parents now rest beside him. His mother passed away on July 29, 1985 and his father passed away on November 23, 1985. He is survived by his brothers Rickey of Beaumont, Texas and Ronnie of San Angelo, Texas and his two sisters, Sue Kerr of Sand Springs, Texas and Judy Childress of Fort Stockton, Texas.
NCO Training Academy March 69
NCO Academy April 69