Louis Robert Sustersic

Company A 1/22 Infantry

4th Infantry Division

KIA 11/03/69




Home of Record: Blaine, OH
Date of birth: 09/21/1943
Religion: Protestant



Service: Army of the United States
Grade at loss: O3
Rank: Captain
MOS: 1542: Infantry Unit Commander
Length Service: 03


Start Tour: 06/24/1967
Incident Date: 11/03/1969
Casualty Date: 11/03/1969
Age at Loss: 26
Location: Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire

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Robert Sustersic was killed in action while on a combat operation at grid reference BR781053,
approximately 5 kilometers southwest of Van Canh airfield.




Captain Louis R. Sustersic's decorations







Captain Louis Robert Sustersic on his second tour of duty in Vietnam, serving as an advisor
to the ARVN 25th Infantry Division, for which he has that unit's insignia on his right pocket.
The insignia on his right shoulder is that of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment,
the unit in which he served his first tour of duty in Vietnam.
Captain Sustersic was Killed In Action on his third tour of duty in Vietnam, serving with
Company A of the 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.

Photo courtesy of John Boyd




Linwood Cemetery
Belmont County
Ohio, USA


Grave marker for Captain Louis Robert Sustersic,
noting that he received the Silver Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster,
the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster,
the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal
and the Purple Heart Medal.

Grave photos courtesy of John Boyd



The headstone for Louis Robert Sustersic

Grave photos courtesy of John Boyd



Louis Robert Sustersic was a graduate of the US Military Academy
at West Point, Class of 1966. In 2009 his former classmates remembered him
and his fellow graduates who were killed in action in Vietnam,
with the mounting of a memorial plaque at the Academy in their honor.


Front: Al Nason, Ralph Cruikshank, Norm Cooney Back: Gene Atkinson,
Jon Steele, BG Michael Linnington (Commandant)

Class of 1966 Plaque Dedication: Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic

Members of the Class of 1966 gathered at the Academy on 20 August for a special plaque unveiling
at the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic. Two plaques: a Class Crest and Class Memorial Plaque,
were unveiled outside of Room 303 in Nininger Hall

Colonel Doug Boone, Director of the Simon Center, and General Michael Linnington, Commandant of Cadets,
joined the Class in memorializing their fallen classmates. Jon Steele ‘66, the plaque sculptor,
unveiled the two plaques crafted out of bronze.

The memorial plaque commemorates the following classmates who died in combat:

Fred Gordon Bertolino
Thomas Jay Hayes IV
Frank Meszar III

Arthur George Bonifas
Richard Elmo Hood Jr.
Martin Keith Niskanen

William Douglas Booth
John Thomas Hoskins
Arthur Middleton Parker III

David Carlton Brown
Charles French Johnson Jr.
Howard Samuel Pontuck

David Rockwell Crocker Jr.
Donald Richard Judd
Frank Anthony Rybicki Jr.

Allen Ross Culpepper
Gordon Talmage Kimbrell Jr.
Frank Joseph Schap Jr.

Peter Francis Donnell
Peter James Lantz
Robert Michael Snell

John Anthony Fera
Dennis Dean Loftheim
* Louis Robert Sustersic

Billy Wayne Flynn
Robert Wayne Luecke
Richard William Thompson

Michael Francis Grasafe Jr.
Hugh Robert McKibbon Jr.
David Reynolds Wilson

from West Point Association of Graduates




For a tribute to Louis Robert Sustersic, click on the following link:

Find A Grave




Top photo of Captain Sustersic and obituary courtesy of Richard McGuinness










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