ROBERT S. SCOTT

ROBERT S. SCOTT

ROBERT S. SCOTT

Lieutenant Colonel (later Colonel) Robert S. Scott was assigned as a Platoon Leader with Company C, 172d Infantry at Fort Ord, California and departed with this unit for the South Pacific in 1942. While his unit was engaged in heavy combat on New Georgia, Solomon Islands. | in 1943, Lieutenant Colonel Scott was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty near Munda Air Strip, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 29 July 1943. After 27 days of bitter fighting the enemy held a hilltop salient which commanded the approach to Munda Air Strip. Our troops were exhausted from prolonged battle and heavy casualties, but Lieutenant Colonel Scott, then Lieutenant Scott, advanced with the leading platoon of his company to attack the enemy position, urging his men forward in the face of enemy rifle fire and machine gun fire. He had pushed forward alone to a point midway across the barren hill top within 75 yards of the enemy when the enemy launched a desperate counter attack, which if successful would have gained possession of the hill.  Enemy riflemen charged out on the plateau, firing and throwing grenades as they moved to engage the troops. The company withdrew, but Lieutenant Scott with only a blasted tree stump for cover, stood his ground against the wild enemy assault. By firing his carbine and throwing grenades he momentarily stopped the enemy advance, using the brief respite to obtain more grenades. Disregarding small-arms fire and exploding grenades, suffering a bullet wound and a painful shrapnel wound, he threw grenade after grenade with devastating accuracy, until the beaten enemy withdrew. Our troops, inspired to renewed effort by Lieutenant Scott’s intrepid stand and courage, swept across the plateau to capture the hill, and from this strategic position four days later, captured Munda Air Strip. | In 1945 Scott was an instructor with the Weapons Department, USAIS, Fort Benning, Georgia. After a one year inactive status, he re-entered the service as an instructor with the Transportation School, Fort Eustis, Virginia, subsequently serving as a Company Commander in the 11th Infantry, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and attending the Infantry Officers Advance Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. Lieutenant Colonel Scott was promoted to Major in 1949 and served as a Battalion S3 and XO with the 16th Infantry at Berlin, and Nurnberg, Germany thru 1952. He was assigned as Regimental S3, 164th Infantry, Camp Rucker, Alabama, 1953, and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1945 while serving as a Battalion Commander with the 31st Infantry, in Korea. Lieutenant Colonel Scott later served as G2 and G3 Advisor with KMAG, Wonsan, Korea, G3 Section Headquarters IX Corps and Battalion Company, 5th Cav, Sendia, Japan. | Upon graduating from the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1956, he was assigned as Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1957, and served in this capacity thru 1960. | In addition to the Medal of Honor, Lieutenant Colonel Scott’s decorations include the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

More Information

  • Rank

    Lieutenant Colonel

  • Graduated From

    Fort Benning, Georgia

  • Graduation Year

    1942

  • Highest Award

    Medal of Honor

  • Year Inducted

    1961

  • HF ID #

    HF_00141

  • MH ID#

    MH_00011