First Lieutenant Ross A. Wilson, Sacramento-area born and raised, saw
combat in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, serving during the Tet Offensive.
During his first mission, his platoon of 47 men was nearly wiped out
to the last man during one battle in the Spring of 1968. With so
many of the men he led into battle being killed, today, Lieutenant
Wilson is 100 percent disabled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
It has been Lieutenant Wilson's 40 year mission to keep veterans'
needs in the public eye through his music. His album "LT Bobby Ross:
Voice of America," produced when he was a Nashville music producer and
talent ('LT Bobby Ross'), is about, and for, all veterans.
Despite his disability, Lieutenant Wilson continues his quest to shed
light on what it means to have PTSD. He has a self-produced album in
progress, ("21 Song Salute"), and is in touch daily with veterans
nationwide through his online veterans' network: (www.rassio.com/lt/),
where he is affectionately and respectfully known simply as 'LT'.
Lieutenant Wilson's specialized military training qualified him to
lead LRRPs (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols) with the 101st
Airborne. The LRRPs were unique outfits where 6 man teams were sent
far behind the enemy lines to report enemy actions. For his acts of
heroism under fire, among other honors and recognitions Lieutenant
Wilson was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with 'V' Device for
which reads in part: "...heroism in the Republic of Vietnam on 13
June 1968. First Lieutenant Wilson distinguished himself while on a
combat operation in a small village southeast of Hue, Republic of
" When two of his men detected a four man enemy position, First
Lieutenant Wilson moved forward to cover the two men while they
checked the position out. When the enemy realized that they were
trapped, they threw a grenade at First Lieutenant Wilson and his two
men, and one Viet Cong ran from the bunker.
"First Lieutenant Wilson, without regard for his own safety, exposed
himself to the enemy grenade so that he could kill the fleeing Viet
Cong. He then covered his two men while they assaulted the position
and captured the remaining three Viet Cong.
"First Lieutenant Wilson's personal bravery and devotion to duty were
in keeping with the highest traditions of he military service and
reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States