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Robert F. Keiser

Date of death: Deceased
Home of record: Inyo California

Robert Keiser's Distinguished Service Cross was not awarded until 2014, after his death.


Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant First Class Robert F. Keiser (ASN: RA-39584058), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism as a military policeman with the 2d Military Police Company, 2d Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Kunu-ri, North Korea. On 30 November 1950 at about 1300 hours, the 2d Infantry Division's main convoy began its retreat south along the Kunu-ri Suchon Road. When the division convoy reached the crest of the Kunu-ri Suchon Pass, referred to as "The Gauntlet," they faced a roadblock consisting of over 20 damaged and abandoned vehicles. With complete disregard for his own safety, Sergeant First Class Keiser personally removed the vehicles blocking the road, allowing the Division convoy to proceed to the safety of friendly lines. He received several injuries while under constant small arms and machine gun fire from the enemy, estimated to be of regimental size and located in the hills overlooking the pass, during a two hour period. Upon finding a vehicle that would run, Sergeant First Class Keiser loaded the dead and wounded lying in the road and ditches aboard the vehicle and commanded fellow Soldiers to drive the vehicles through the pass to the safety of friendly lines. After clearing the vehicles from the pass, Sergeant First Class Keiser proceeded to a stream a half mile south of the pass and stood for an hour in the cold water directing the division convoy through the ford, because the bridge had been destroyed. Sergeant First Class Keiser's extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

Action Date: November 30, 1950

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Company: 2d Military Police Company

Division: 2d Infantry Division