Elia, Gary Lawrence, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11D10-Armor Reconnaissance Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11D10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1966 - 1968
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Order of the Spur


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jan 20, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Lebanon National Cemetery - Lebanon, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34E 085

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 Unofficial Badges 

Order of The Spur

 Tributes from Members  
Tributes from Others posted by IN Olsen, David O, SGT 547
Tribute from 3/4 Cav Association posted by AR Moore, John (SaberAlpha 10), MAJ 225
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 National Guard Awards

 Unit Assignments
3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1967-1968, 11D10, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment/A Troop
  1967-1968, 11D10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 23, 2014, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On January 20, 1968, tanks and armored personnel carriers (APC's) from 2nd Platoon, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division, were conducting a road security mission when they were ambushed by enemy rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire near the main gate of Cu Chi Base Camp in Hau Nghia Province, RVN. One tank and five APC's were hit in the assault, with the tank suffering no damage, but four of the APC's being destroyed. The Americans returned fire with small arms, automatic weapons, and rounds fired from the tank's main gun. Initial reports of U.S. losses were put at two killed, fifteen wounded, and six missing in action. When the engagement ended, the six missing were recovered, most of them unidentifiable due to burns they suffered within one of the burnt-out APC's. A total of eight troopers were killed: CPL Gary L. Elia, PFC John E. Esten, SP4 Andy Garnica, SP4 Gene M. Kosel, PFC Leo E. Michaud, SP4 John J. Moore, PFC James W. Parham, and SP4 Robert E. Swalley. One of the wounded, SGT David J. Klippel, later died of pneumonia secondary to his injuries three days after the battle. Garnica to was posthumously promoted Sergeant. 
 Military Association Memberships
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor3/4 Cav AssociationVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1968, 3/4 Cav Association [Verified]2
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
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