TODD, ROBERT JACY

Name: Robert Jacy Todd
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/E1
Unit: 	F/BLT 1/9 9 MAB (According to USG records)
	1st Platoon, F Company, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines (according to members of his platoon)
Date of Birth: 25 May 1948
Home City of Record: NORTH EASTON MA
Date of Loss: 09 May 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: (none noted by USG) XD758468
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
10/21/2013 10:16 AM, Richard Todd wrote:
You have my brother tagged as KIA/BNR. I wanted to let you know that my mother was notified by the GOV that his status was changed to MIA the year the Wall was erected.
 
Semper Fi
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: GROUND
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0675

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. Updated 2003 with information provided by platoon members
to Robert Jacobs. Updated 2013.

REMARKS:

On 09 May 1967, elements of F/2/3 Marines started a patrol from Hill 881N.
As they neared Hill 778, the brush became too dense to follow their
intended line (at XD762467). A path was found that sloped down into lower
terrain leading F/2/3 into a VEE shaped gully at XD759466. 
After advancing about 100 meters, it became obvious that high ground 
to the north and south meant their western line of advance could be flanked 
from the high ground on both sides. Sensing danger, the main elements of F/2/3 
climbed the south slope to high ground at XD758464. They were quickly engaged by NVA.

The NVA were crossing the gully from the south to the high ground 
on the north side of the gully.  The NVA were expecting F/2/3 to continue
in the low terrain; and were intent on flanking them.  

If the NVA occupied the high ground to the north, it would give them a
field of fire at the Marines engaged on the southern high ground.

1st Platoon was sent to the northern high ground at XD758468.  
The north slope was in the tall elephant grass. 1st Platoon engaged the NVA 
on the high ground near Hill 778. Robert J Todd was Killed in Action.  
It is believed that he was left behind in the elephant grass as F/2/3
was extracted with their KIA and wounded.