Anderson, Gary, PVT2

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Last Rank
Private (E-2)
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
64B10-Heavy Vehicle Driver
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 64B10, 6th Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment/HHS
Service Years
1969 - 1970

Private (E-2)



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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1949
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Griffin, GA
Last Address
Griffin, GA

Casualty Date
Nov 29, 1970
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Resthaven Cemetery - Griffin, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
06W 089

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 Unit Assignments
1st Field Force Vietnam (I Field Force)6th Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment
  1970-1970, 64B10, 1st Field Force Vietnam (I Field Force)
  1970-1970, 64B10, 6th Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment/HHS
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
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Last Known Activity

He drove a MACK TRUCK FIVE TON MASTER

Posted on 3/14/99 - by Anthony Dodson Kaatun@aol.com: After I spent my time in the field busting bush as a mechanized infantry grunt with the 2/1 Cavalry (Blackhawks) from 1969 to 1970, I was sent to the 6/32 Field Artillery. My first day in the unit I saw this convoy of 5 ton Mack Trucks, hauling 8 inch and 175mm artillery shells, arrive in the base camp. The lead truck that followed the gun jeep, was driven by this confident, all business, handsome soldier. I watched this guy make that 5 ton Mack submit to his every whim. I watched his shoulders and body do a dance of command as he popped clutches, changed tranfers, and shifted gears. With every subtle and overt movement, that Mack, would growl, spit black smoke, spin its tires, but it never disobeyed it's master.

At that moment, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my time in the war. I wanted to be like GARY ANDERSON. Gary and I became the best of friends. He taught me everthing I needed to know about staying alive on those burmed highways, while riding herd on five tons of steel and rubber. Skills I still employ to this day.

As I said earlier, Gary was a strikingly handsome man. He had a smile that would drive the local Vietnamese girls wild. I remember that day he got his orders to go back to the world. His smile was gone. It was like he knew something was not right. Through all these years, I often think about that look on his face. Gary never made it home. His "Freedom Bird", that C-123 (ironically we called them flying caskets) hit the side of a mountain outside Cam Ranh Bay. We were devestated when we got the news. I demanded that I be allowed to drive Gary's Truck (Service 86) in honor of his memory. God bless you Gary Anderson. You live in me and John Spencer, your best friends. I'll never let your memory die. Tony Dodson Phila. Pa.
   
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