Name: Floyd Henry Robinson
Rank/Branch: E5/US Army
Unit: Company E, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division
Date of Birth: 28 January 1949
Home City of Record: Burlington KS
Date of Loss: 12 March 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 143822N 1073903E
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 1406

Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S.
Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published
sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 2020.

Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)


SYNOPSIS: On March 12, 1969, Sgt. Floyd H. Robinson was serving as pointman
for a 5-man reconnaissance team of a rifle company. The team was operating
in Kontum Province, South Vietnam, about 10 miles west-northwest of the city
of Dak To.

During the mission, the team became engaged in a heavy fire fight in the
late afternoon. At that time, Robinson and two other team members were
separated from the team leader and his assistant. The three men began to
escape and evade in a heavily congested area. They continued to evade until
1700 hours.

On March 14, they had crossed a stream and had moved south where they were
ambushed by a squad-sized element of communist soldiers. The three men
returned fire and were able to break contact. Robinson proceeded north on a
trail, while the other men sought to find cover in the thick brush. That was
the last time Robinson was seen alive.

The two other men continued to evade and were eventually returned to
friendly forces. Company-sized operations were conducted in the area in
which Robinson was last seen for two weeks after the loss without a sign of
Robinson. He was classified Missing in Action.

Nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans in Southeast Asia have been
received by the U.S. Government since 1975. A Pentagon panel concluded in
1986 that there were at least 100 men still alive. Robinson could be one of
these men. How much longer must they wait for this country to bring them




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Specialist 4 Floyd Henry Robinson was a member of Company E, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. On March 12, 1969, he was serving as point man in a five-member reconnaissance team on patrol west-northwest of Dak To, Kontum Province, South Vietnam. Late in the afternoon, the unit engaged in a firefight with enemy forces, and SP4 Robinson and two others became separated from their team. The three men withdrew from the area but could not rejoin friendly forces. Two days later, on March 14, they were ambushed by enemy troops. The three men returned fire and were able to break contact. Specialist 4 Robinson proceeded north on a trail, while the other two men found cover in the thick brush; these two men eventually returned to friendly positions and reported that this was the last time they saw SP4 Robinson. Search operations were conducted in the area for two weeks after the loss but were unsuccessful. Specialist 4 Robinson remains unaccounted for. After the incident, the U.S. Army promoted SP4 Robinson to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG). Today, Staff Sergeant Robinson is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Active Pursuit.

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