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Robert F. Woodhouse Jr., Class of 1968

Robert F. Woodhouse Jr., or “Woody” as he was known by friends and classmates, was born in Elmira, New York on April 5, 1946, son to Robert F. and Geraldine Hyde Woodhouse. He was a 1964 graduate of Ellenville High School, and a 1968 graduate of The Citadel, where he majored in Political Science. At The Citadel, Woodhouse was on the Dean’s list, a Distinguished Military Student, and received the Widder Award, which is awarded to the cadet who best personifies military virtue. He was also a president of the Ranger-Airborne Club, a member of the Junior Sword Drill, and a member of the International Relations Club.

On July 7, 1970 Robert Woodhouse was killed in a mortar attack during a landing operation. He had been in Vietnam for eleven months, and had attained the rank of Captain.

Inventory of collection:


Box 1, Folder 1:

To Mr. and Mrs. Woodhouse from Richard Nixon, July 20, 1970
To Mr. and Mrs. Woodhouse from Mario Tardivo, July 22, 1970
To Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Woodhouse, Sr. from W.C. Westmoreland, July 22, 1970
To Mr. and Mrs. Woodhouse from W.G. Dolvin, August 4, 1970
To Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Woodhouse from Charles A. Jackson, January 6, 1971
To Mr. Woodhouse from Lucy Rothman, February 27, 2006


Box 1, Folder 2: Photographs of Robert Woodhouse during his cadet years at The Citadel
Box 1, Folder 3: Photographs of Robert Woodhouse at home, posing in the backyard
Box 1, Folder 4: Photographs of Robert Woodhouse in Vietnam
Box 1, Folder 5: Photographs of Memorial service for Robert Woodhouse
Box 1, Folder 6: Photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Woodhouse accepting citations and medals
Box 1, Folder 7: Photograph of Robert Woodhouse’s name on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Box 1, Folder 8: Photographs of a chapel in Vietnam with a plaque dedicated to Robert Woodhouse
Box 1, Folder 9: Photographs of high school students posing with a poster they made on Robert Woodhouse
Box 1, Folder 10: Photographs of a scoreboard dedicated to Robert Woodhouse at Ellenville High School

Other papers

Box 1, Folder 11: Quang Ngai Officers Civilians Open Mess card; Vietnam card, Infantry Regiment #5; Vietnam certificate, February 4, 1970
Box 1, Folder 12: Association of Citadel Men life membership, 1970
Box 1, Folder 13: Headquarters of the United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. Authorization for Individual Foreign Award, May 9, 1970
Box 1, Folder 14: Headquarters Department of the Army Office of the Adjutant General, Report of Casualty, July 15, 1970
Box 1, Folder 15: Remarks made by Brigadier General C.J. Le Van, January 11, 1971
Box 1, Folder 16: Poem written by Ellenville High School 12th Grade Students, 2005-2006

Newspaper clippings

Box 1, Folder 17: “Widder Medal Winner”, Charleston News & Courier, October 21, 1967 [photocopy] and “Selected for Widder Medal”, The Ellenville (N.Y.) Press. October 26, 1967.

Box 1, Folder 18: Distinguished Military Student at The Citadel. Ellenville Journal. November 2, 1967 and “Graduates”, The Journal. June 6, 1968.

Box 1, Folder 19: “Ellenville army captain killed Tuesday in Vietnam”, The Times Herald Record, Middletown, NY. July 11, 1970 [laminated on a prayer card] “GI From Ellenville Killed in Viet Action”, The Kingston Daily Freeman, Kingston, NY. July 11, 1970 [laminated on a prayer card] Obituary, The Kingston Daily Freeman, Kingston, NY. July 18, 1970. [laminated on a prayer card]

Box 1, Folder 20: “Be not ashamed: Saying thank you thirty years later, it’s never too late for that.” The Press, Ellenville, NY. Vol. 136 No. 8. February 24, 2006.


Box 2, Folder 1: Silver Star, April 16, 1970
Box 2, Folder 2: Air Medal (Posthumous), July 18, 1970
Box 2, Folder 3: Silver Star (Posthumous), July 18, 1970
Box 2, Folder 4: Purple Heart (Posthumous), September 19, 1970 (description missing)
Box 2, Folder 5: Bronze Star (Posthumous), September 19, 1970
Box 2, Folder 6: Army Commendation (Posthumous), September 19, 1970
Box 2, Folder 7: Conspicuous Service, State of New York (Posthumous), October 6, 1970


Citadel Dean’s List medal, 3rd Award
Citadel Widder Award medal, 1967
State of New York medal
Purple Heart medal
Bronze Star medal
Silver Star medal with Oak Leaf cluster
Air Medal with valor pin
Army Achievement medal
National Defense medal
U.S.A. Republic of Vietnam Service medal
Vietnam Chie-Dich Bi-Nam medal
Auto-rifle medal [marksmanship]
Paratrooper medal
Combat infantryman badge

American flag, folded


Cover with Paratrooper Glider emblem

Cover with Vietnam Army Officer’s emblem


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