Gamboa, David Hercliff, Jr., SGT

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Infantry (Enlisted)
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1968-1969, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
- 1969


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Casualty Date
Apr 05, 1969
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
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Not Specified
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27W 017

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25th Infantry Division

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2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment
  1968-1969, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment
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  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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  Dave Gamboa (in Mohawk haircut) enjoys stand-down at Cu Chi with a group of friends in Company D, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry (photo from the collection of Ron Warninger, who was a member of D Company
For our Brother
Posted by: Landon McAllister
Thursday, February 28, 2002

Sgt. David Gamboa Yonkers' 28th Viet Fatality

by Jackie Deming

Army Sgt. David Hercliff Gamboa's last letter to his mother in Yonkers arrived Monday. The telegram advising of his death arrived the same day.
Sgt. Gamboa, 24, is Yonkers 28th Vietnam casualty.
He died at 2 a.m., Saturday near Chu Chi, where he was stationed with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry "Wolfhound Regiment" of the 25th Division.
His letter to his mother, Mrs. James (Elba) deJong of 22 Hillcrest Ave., contained the foreboding message that in case he didn't come back, he fought for what he believed.
"Do not despair," he wrote, "I fought not only for my sisters and brothers but I fought for my country and all Americans. Mom, it is like President Kennedy said - it's not what your country can do for you but what you can do your country."
The telegram, signed by Maj. Gen. Kenneth G. Wickham, adjutant general of the Department of the Army in Washington D.C., read:
"The Secretary of the Army has asked me to express his deep regret that your son, Sgt. David H. Gamboa was killed in action 5 April while at an artillery firing position when a hostile force was engaged. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Your daughter-in-law will furnish instruction for the return of your son."
Sgt. Gamboa, a son by a previous marriage of Mrs. deJong, had lived in Yonkers a short time before his marriage here on Sept. 26, 1967 to Miss Harry-Ann Kopel, and attended St. Dennis' Church. His wife lives at 672 Rumsen Ave., Brooklyn. The couple had no children.
He was born in Puerto Rico on Aug. 9, 1944, and was brought to Brooklyn at the age of 2. He was graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School there.
He was drafted into the Army in Yonkers in January 1968 and received his basic training at Fort Jackson, N.C. He went to Vietnam on July 1, 1968.
Before entering the service, he worked as a silk screen printer and attended night school for further training in this trade.
He held the Purple Heart for wounds received in action on Aug. 18, and he won the Bronze Star for another action in March when 700 Viet Cong attacked 28 members of his platoon. Some 250 Viet Cong were killed in that battle.

Sgt. Gamboa wrote his mother, "Mom, I didn't do anything but fight for my beliefs and stay alive."
The young sergeant will be buried with full military honors in the National Cemetery on Long Island. His body is being flown from Vietnam and is expected to arrive in New York in five or six days. The body will repose at the La Pola Funeral Home in Brooklyn.
Among the honor guard accompanying the body from Vietnam is Sgt Gamboa's cousin, Army Spec.4 Carlos Collazo, who himself has only 80 days more to serve in Vietnam.
Sgt. Gamboa's stepfather is an importer and exporter of plywood and textile machinery and has offices in New York City under the name of James M, deJong and Westrade Corp.
Survivors also include five sisters, the Misses Elba Gamboa and Joyce Negron of the home address, Mrs. Joseph (Lourds) Gonzalez, Mrs. Robert (Eileen) Rosado and Mrs. Edward (Yvette) Lopez, all in Brooklyn; two brothers, Albert and Benjamin Negron of the home address. and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Rosa Collazo in Brroklyn.
  The Herald Statesman, Yonker, NY - April 9, 1969
Posted by: Jim McIlhenney
Relationship: Viet Nam Veteran
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thomas Roeske
We served in the same platoon, D Company 2/27th Wolfhounds
4788 Canal Road
Dimondale,MI 48821 USA
Tribute to a True Wolfhound
Dave was a friend to everybody. He took us FNGs and made us feel to "home". He was intelligent, savvy, witty, and could converse on any subject. We all still miss him, he will always be loved by those who knew him.
Saturday, January 22, 2000
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