Gerspach, Peter Joseph, III, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 101st Airborne Division
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Specialist 4

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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
May 25, 1967
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Acacia Park Cemetery - North Tonawanda, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20E 102

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 327th Infantry 101st Airborne Division
  1967-1967, 11B10, C Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry
  1967-1967, 101st Airborne Division
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 25 May 1967 a patrol from 3rd Plt, C/1/327th Infantry was ambushed.
Ten men died:
42nd Infantry Platoon (Scout Dog)
SGT Gary Allen Rathbun, Cosmos, MN (Bronze Star "V")

C Co, 1st Bn, 327th Infantry
1LT Benjamin G. Wells, Madison, AL
SFC Edward L. Tieman, Carlinville, IL (Silver Star)
SSG Alfred G. Kircher, Ozone Park, NY
SP4 Leonard A. Enos, Scottsdale, AZ
SP4 Joe A. Funk, Wellsburg, WV
SP4 Peter J. Gerspach, Eggertsville, NY
PFC Alan W. Bonney, Easton, PA
PFC Terry A. Harding, Vallejo, CA
PFC Edward M. McMullan, New York, NY

In addition, Sergeant Rathbun's German shepard was killed in the action, and the dog's body was brought out with the men he served.

According to one report, he was killed while mauling an NVA soldier - and had a piece of the soldier in his mouth when he was brought in.

Some reports give the dog's name as "Thunder", but the Vietnam Dog Handlers' Association shows only one dog killed on 25 May 1967 - Rex, tag number 8X60.

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