Robert Lance Dickey
20 Years Old

July 11, 1973 to June 3, 1994

Robert Lance Dickey, of Charleston, South Carolina, was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. As a young boy, Robert enjoyed such activities as baseball, football, horseback riding, soccer, and of course, fighting with his older sister. Robert's dimples could light up a room, and his laughter would always put a smile on your face.

Robert graduated from Alhambra High School in 1992, where he took specialty classes in masonry. Six months after graduation, he joined the United States Navy. Robert had finally found his true passion. The 1 and 1/2 years that he spent in the Navy were truly the happiest days of his life! Robert excelled as a Boatswain Mate Petty Officer, and aboard the U.S.S. Halyburton, his enthusiasm for the navy and life in general were contagious, making everyone proud to call him "shipmate." According to Robert's commanding officer, "Throughout all of his labors, he maintained a positive hard-charging attitude placing him head and shoulders above his peers."


On June 3, 1994, a domestic violence situation resulted in the murder of 20-year-old Robert Lance Dickey. Robert's girlfriend, Lynette, had been having problems with her baby's father, Earl Richardson, and Robert would stop at nothing to protect Lynette and Anthony.

Richardson broke into Lynette's apartment around 11:30 pm on the night of June 2, 1994, and went to the bedroom where Lynette and little Anthony were almost asleep. Robert, who was in the living room, heard noises and entered the bedroom where Richardson stood pointing his gun at Lynette and Anthony. Lynette threw her son on the floor and Robert flew across the room to shield Lynette's body from the hail of bullets. Robert was shot four times by Richardson as he saved the lives of his girlfriend and her baby. Richardson then shot himself to death.

Lynette and Anthony are now living with her mother in Chicago, Illinois. Robert is the true meaning of an American hero! His act of heroism was rewarded with a medal of honor from the U.S. Navy

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Robert Dickey