Airey, George Vernon, Jr., SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11D20-Armor Reconnaissance Specialist
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11D20, D Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry (Airmobile)
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Specialist 4

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ann Arbor, MI
Last Address
Ann Arbor. MI

Casualty Date
May 09, 1968
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Forest Hills Cemetery - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
57E 012

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1967-1968, 11D20, D Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry (Airmobile)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
Lansing Community College Ferris State University
  1962-1964, Lansing Community College
  1964-1966, Ferris State University
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Last Known Activity

George Vernon Airey, Jr. was born on July 21, 1944 to Mr. and Mrs. George V. Airey, Sr. of Ann Arbor. George, Jr. is the son of the President of G.V. Airey Building Company. When George was ten years old in 1955, he became a pogo stick jumping champion by setting a record of 4,210 jumps without using his hands! He loved to water and snow ski, scuba dive, play guitar, and collect items such as tropical fish. He is a 1962 graduate of Ann Arbor High School, and also studied construction and building at Ferris State University and Lansing Community College prior to enlisting in the Army. Specialist 4 Airey, Jr. enlisted in the Army in 1966 and received his training at Fort Carson, Colorado as a Armored Reconnaissance Specialist.

George was assigned to the First Calvary Division at Fort Carson. George started his tour in November of 1967 as an Armor Reconnaissance Specialist with D Company, First Battalion, Fifth Cavalry Regiment of the First Cavalry Division. 'On the night of 0809 May 1968, the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, was operating in western Quang Tri Province from a temporary base. At 0705 on 09 May, the Battalion came under attack by North Vietnamese Army forces - initially by mortar fire, then a full-fledged ground attack...Charlie Company was cut off from the other companies and bore the brunt of the attack. The NVA were fended off, but not without cost, and the aggressive patrolling which brought more US losses.' A total of nineteen (19) men died in this action including Specialist 4 George Vernon Airey, Jr who died of multiple fragmentation wounds. He lived 23 years, 9 months and 18 days.

George Vernon Airey, Jr. is resting now in Forest Hills Cemetery in Ann Arbor. George left behind his parents and two sisters. George was awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Expert Rifleman's Badge and posthumously awarded a second Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Rest in peace with the warriors.
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