Kilburn, Gerald, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 6th Special Forces Group
Service Years
1947 - 1972
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate


Special Forces

Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Kilburn, Gerald (Son Tay Raider), LTC USA(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Kanawha County
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Nov 03, 1995
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Columbarium 4 H-20-1

 Official Badges 

3rd Armored Division Special Forces Group Army Recruiter US Army Retired

Army Military Police Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Military Police Armor Shoulder Cord MP Shoulder Cord

Cold War Medal Recruiters Ring Cold War Veteran

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His Legion of Merit Citation reads:

Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Kilburn, Infantry, distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services during the period September 1970 to November 1970, while serving as Support Detachment Commander, Army Component, Joint Contingency Task Group, JCS Project Ivory Coast. During this period Colonel Kilburn was directly responsible for supervision of the complex training, administrative and logistical support of the Army component while maintaining stringent security for the force in an isolated and restricted training area. Colonel Kilburn clearly demonstrated his exemplary leadership ability in maintaining discipline and morale of the Army component under the most difficult conditions. His ability to recognize problem areas and take the necessary action prior to their becoming critical was a major factor in the preparation of the Joint Task Force for successful execution of its JCS directed mission to rescue and extract United States military personnel held as prisoners of war in SON TAY, North Vietnam. Colonel Kilburn's brilliant and effective planning and execution of all assigned missions made a significant contribution to the overall success of the mission. His outstanding performance of meritorious services are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him and the United States Army.

Prisoner of War Medal

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

Corporal Gerald Kilburn (ASN: RA-15264065), United States Army, was held as a Prisoner of War after he was captured during the Korean War on 29 November 1950 and was held until his release on 24 August 1953 after the signing of the Armistice.

General Orders: NARA Database: Repatriated Korean Conflict Prisoners of War, 7/5/1950 - 10/6/1954

Action Date: November 29, 1950 - August 24, 1953

Service: Army

Rank: Corporal

Division: Prisoner of War (Korean War)

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Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Prisoner of War3rd Armored Division1st Battalion, 86th Infantry 10th Infantry Division
370th Armored Infantry Battalion1st Battalion, 46th Infantry US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)MAAG Vietnam (MAAGV)Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GAArmy Ranger School
HQ, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)46th Special Forces Company (Airborne)6th Special Forces Group
  1950-1953, Korean POW
  1955-1956, 503rd Military Police Company, 3rd Armored Division
  1956-1957, HHC, 1st Battalion, 86th Infantry
  1956-1957, 10th Infantry Division
  1958-1959, 370th Armored Infantry Battalion
  1958-1959, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry
  1961-1961, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  1961-1962, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1962-1963, C Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group
  1963-1964, MAAG Vietnam (MAAGV)
  1964-1965, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1964-1965, Army Ranger School
  1965-1966, HQ, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)
  1966-1967, MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
  1968-1969, 46th Special Forces Company (Airborne)
  1969-1970, 6th Special Forces Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)/Operation Ivory Coast (Son Tay Raid Planning/Training Phase)
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