ABU "One Zero"                                           Billy R. Robbins
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Billy R. Robbins was born on Veterans Day, 11 November, 1936, a Scorpio, aerial-delivered by a stork to his fathers’ farm-house near Sharpsburg, North Carolina.


He joined the United States Army as a Private E-1 on 1 August, 1957 and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel on 31, July, 1987.


On 6, January, 1958, he was assigned to the Legendary Abu Company, 1st Airborne Battle Group, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky – and the Airborne hasn’t been the same since! 


He graduated from Airborne School at Fort Campbell, Ky., February 1958; pitched baseball for the 327th Battle Group from 1958 to 1960. His uniform number was 10 and First Sergeant, Trinidad Prieto, nick-named him ONE ZERO. He also pitched for the 1-327th from 1963 to 1965.

April 1960, as a Specialist Fourth Class (SP/4) Robbins graduated from the RECONDO School of the 101st Airborne Division, and in May 1960, promoted to sergeant; and in November, 1960, he was assigned to C Company, 504th Airborne Battle Group, Lee Barracks, Mainz, West Germany; graduate of Jumpmaster School and Aerial Delivery School with German Paratroopers; and graduated from the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Bad Tolz, West Germany.       


In November 1962, again assigned to Abu Company, he deployed to South Viet Nam as an Abu in July 1965 on the USNS General Le Roy Eltinge, eventually, serving 7 years in Abu Company.


In September 1966, as a member of the 501st Air Assault Battalion at Fort Campbell, flew to Detroit, Michigan in 1967, assisting that city against a deadly riot, and later in 1967 assigned to the Basic Training Marksmanship Committee Group at Fort Campbell, earning the role as primary shooter in the Army’s Quick Kill Program.


In March 1968 Robbins attended the Infantry Officer Candidate School (OCS), Fort Benning, Georgia, graduated on 22 August, 1968, as a Second Lieutenant, infantry branch, and assigned as an instructor in the U.S. Army’s Ranger Department School at Fort Benning, teaching patrolling, ambushing, tracking, map reading, land navigation, and survival.             


In June 1969, Robbins was assigned as platoon leader, E Company, Recon Platoon, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade, 23rd (Americal) Infantry Division, Chu Lai and Duc Pho, South Viet Nam, and in July 1970, reassigned to Fort Campbell as a company commander, and in January 1975, assigned to Darmstadt, West Germany, and in 1977, assigned to the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Headquarters at Fort Monroe, Virginia.


In 1980 he was assigned to Headquarters, 8th Army, Seoul Korea, and in 1982, assigned to Fort Myer, Virginia and placed in charge of the largest company in the U. S. Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, with over 2200 assigned and attached personnel.


He earned a Batchelor Degree in Human Resource and Management; a degree in General Business Management; and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College. 


His awards includes: Silver Star, Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars (Adm), Army Commendation Award with “V” Device, Air Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Recondo Tab, and a sundry of other awards.
In August, 2011, selected as DMOR (Distinguished Member of the 327th Regiment.)

He’s a widower; has two sons, Scotty and Michael; three grand-children: Tracey, Shelby and Sara.


His hobby is assisting WW II, and other Veterans with their struggles with the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Not bad for a one-eyed country boy – huh!?

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