Gooch, Jerry Dale, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment/Recon Platoon
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Specialist 4



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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Detroit
Last Address
Detroit

Casualty Date
Jul 25, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Flint Memorial Park - Mount Morris, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
23E 119

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 Unit Assignments
US Army Vietnam (USARV)25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment
  1966-1967, 11B10, US Army Vietnam (USARV)
  1966-1967, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1966-1967, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment/Recon Platoon
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His tour began on 5 September 1966.
   
Comments/Citation
Silver Star Citation:

Specialist Four Gooch distinguished himself for gallantry in action while engaged in military actions against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 25th July 1967 Sp4 Gooch distinguished himself while serving as a Squad Leader in the Recon Platoon of the 2/35th, 25th Division, operating south of Quang Ngai City. His squad had made a helicopter assault into enemy territory when it encountered heavy automatic weapons fire. Sp4 Gooch reached the comparative safety of a trench when he saw that the rest of his squad had taken cover in a shell crater and was without means of communication.

Disregarding the intense hostile fire, he ran across approximately twenty-five meters of open terrain to reach his squad, and then led them back to the trench line. He discovered that one of his men was wounded and had been unable to follow him. Directing the supporting fire of his men into the enemy position, he climbed out of the trench and again braved the relentless enemy fire as he made his way to the wounded man. He picked the man up and carried him back to the squads position, but before he could regain safety himself, he was mortally wounded.

Sp4 Goochs leadership and conspicuous gallantry at the sacrifice of his life are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

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