Army SPC
Gladwin, MI
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Memorial Location: 

Highland Cemetery
Gladwin, MI

Killed when a makeshift bomb detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq. Assigned to the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KN.

SPC Robert (Bobby) J. Dixon was born in Portland, Oregon and at the age of eight years Daniel and Ilene Dixon of Gladwin, Michigan adopted him through the Child Protective Services in California. Through their love Bobby would grow up to be a fine young man. He had a loving, funny, positive personality and was a joy to be around. Bobby was respectful, but first and foremost he loved his savior Jesus. He loved his family dearly, his parents, brothers Dave and Daniel, sister Gretchen, nieces Jayna, Morgan and Starr and nephews Danny and Will. He especially loved is wife Rusty, and his two sons Logan and Michael.

Bobby attended school in Gladwin and earned very honorable reports. He was an outstanding football player and member of the track team. In his senior year Bobby broke the school 100-meter dash record, a record that still stands today. On the field he provided excitement to all who watched him play.

The church played a very large part in Bobby’s life. Through the Emmanuel Baptist Church he traveled to Colorado witnessing to the poor and helping to make a difference in their lives. He was hard working and dedicated to the cause of winning souls for Jesus.

His strong church background also instilled in him a sense of duty and responsibility to his fellow man. He was someone his friends and military comrades knew they could count on. This loyalty was returned and one friend even had Bobby’s dog tags tattooed on his arm. He often acted as a counselor, listening and never being judgmental.

On July 25, 2005, Robert J. Dixon, enlisted in the United States Army as a Cavalry Scout. He attended his initial training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and graduated at the top of his class. After completing initial training he was assigned to Troop Alpha, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Riley, Kansas. From here he was deployed to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On the morning of Sunday, May 6, PFC Dixon’s second platoon was conducting a Relief in Place Transfer Authority (RIPTOA) patrol with an element of a Stryker brigade which was in the process of taking over responsibility for the area of Baghdad - East Rashid – then managed by the 1st Squadron, 4th Cav Regiment. While showing the new unit around the AO, the senior scout vehicle was struck by an array of four Explosively Formed Projectiles (or EFPs a form of IED which comes directly from Iran), and tragically, PFC Robert Dixon lost his life as a result of the blasts.

PFC Robert J. Dixon was posthumously promoted to the rank of Specialist. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Overseas Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.


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