Alamo, Gabriel Ralph, MSG

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
11F10-Infantry Operations And Intelligence Specialist
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1962-1964, 11F50, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Service Years
1940 - 1964
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Special Forces
Master Sergeant

Seven Service Stripes

Seven Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
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Casualty Date
Jul 06, 1964
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 3rd Award

Senior Parachutist (4 Combat Jumps)

 National Guard Awards

 Unit Assignments
1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne DivisionChemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear CBRN School187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1942-1945, 521, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division
  1949-1950, 1812, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear CBRN School
  1950-1954, 1745, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team
  1962-1964, 11F50, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Airborne Landings
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1946-1947 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1947-1948 US Occupation of Japan
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
  1964-1964 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)/Battle of Nam Dong
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
The President of the United States presented the Distinguished Service Cross, (Posthumously) to Gabriel Ralph Alamo, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection, with military operations, involving an opposing armed force, in the Republic, of Viet Nam, on 6, July 1964. As a team Sergeant, serving with the United States Army, Special Forces, Detachment A-726, at Camp Nam Dong, Sergeant Alamo, displayed bravery, fortitude and perseverance, when a reinforced Viet Cong, battalion, suddenly launched a full scale, pre-dawn attack, on the Camp. During the violent battle, that ensued, lasting five hours and resulting, in heavy casualties on both sides, he participated with outstanding effectiveness, in defending the installation. Upon the initial onslaught, he promptly directed a radio operator to transmit a message, requesting support and then rushed into a blazing building, to assist in the removal, of weapons and ammunition. Ignoring the burns he received, while in the burning structure, he then ran through a hail of enemy gunfire, to a 60-mm., mortar position and set the weapon for firing. As he noticed the enemy, attempting, to breach the main gate, he again dashed through a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire, to abort the hostile action. Although he sustained a serious wound, in this courageous action, he reached the gate and prevented entry, of enemy troops. Despite his wound, and intense grenade attack, he reached the 60- mm., mortar pit, refused evacuation for medical treatment, and directed the fire of the 60-mm., mortar, while simultaneously manning, a 57-mm., recoil less rifle. Undaunted by the vicious enemy assault, he remained, at his battle position and defended the camp, until mortally wounded by the enemy.
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