Town of Interlachen

Robert H. Jenkins, Jr.

Congressional Medal of Honor Receipient

Robert H. Jenkins Jr. was born June 1, 1948, in Interlachen, Florida. He attended Oak Grove Elementary School from 1955 until 1963, and Central Academy High School from 1963 until 1967 in Palatka, Florida

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Jacksonville, Florida, February 2, 1968 and received recruit training with the 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. He was promoted to private first class on April 1, 1968.

He transferred to the Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he underwent individual combat training with the 2nd Infantry Training Battalion, 1st Infantry Training Regiment and infantry special training with 1st Infantry Training Battalion, completing the latter in May 1968.

Private First Class Jenkins was transferred to the Republic of Vietnam in July 1968, and assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. Later that month, he was assigned as a scout and driver with Company C, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion.

While serving as a machine gunner with Company C at Fire Support Base Argonne, south of the Demilitarized Zone on March 5, 1969, he was killed in action.

The Medal of Honor was presented to his family at the White House by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew on April 20,1970.

A complete list of his medals and decorations includes: the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Private First Class Jenkins is buried at Sister Baptist Cemetery in Interlachen, Florida.

The Town of Interlachen dedicated a park to honor of Private First Class Jenkins. Putnam County Schools has a middle school name for Private First Class Jenkins. The Robert H. Jenkins Jr. Veterans Domiciliary Home of Florida is located in Lake City, Florida.


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