Gorton, Gary Bruce, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11C20-Mortar Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 111.6, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
Service Years
1960 - 1966


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

Casualty Date
Feb 17, 1966
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05E 041

 Official Badges 

1st Cavalry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry (Airmobile)1st Cavalry Division
  1965-1966, 111.6, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1965-1966, 111.6, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Operation Silver Bayonet I - Battle of the Ia Drang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Distinguished Service Cross

 Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Gary Bruce Gorton, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company B, 2d Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division.

On 17 February 1966, Sergeant Gorton, serving as mortar squad leader, was accompanying his unit to establish a blocking position when they contacted and attacked a Viet Cong heavy weapons battalion. Moving his squad to some nearby shell craters, Sergeant Gorton immediately engaged the insurgents and delivered deadly and accurate mortar support to his company until his ammunition was expended. Under his direction he employed his squad as riflemen and successfully averted the Viet Cong assault against their sector defenses. The insurgents regrouped and again charged the American perimeter. With compete disregard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Gorton, exposed himself to an intense hail of automatic and small arms fire, throwing grenades and firing his weapon at the advancing Viet Cong forces. Sergeant Gorton killed five of the insurgents and personally captured a machine gun.

His extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Pacific, General Orders No. 158 (July 14, 1966) Action Date: 17-Feb-66
Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant
Company: Company B
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 5th Cavalry Regiment
Division: 1st Cavalry Divisio

personal note from a friend:
Gary Gorton

I met Gary in June 1960 at Ft Lewis,Washington. We were 81mm mortar gunners in 1st Brigade, 22nd Infantry at that time. Later on, I became a squad leader and Gary moved to Hq Co. and became a 5 ton truck driver.

We were both transferred to Korea in early 1963 and were stationed in Camp Casey, 7th Infantry Division. We were in different units, but maintained close contact during the 13 months we were there.We spent many pleasant hours at the NCO club.

In April 1964, I was assigned to the 11th Air Assault Division at Ft Benning,Georgia until we went to Viet Nam in August 1965. I hadn't seen Gary since Korea and was pleasantly surprised to see him at Battalion Hq. I was in D Co,2/5 Cav and he was in B Co, just 2 tents away from mine.

We were both at LZ X-ray during the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley, November 1965 ,15th-17th. That was the last time I saw him.

I was devastated at his death and I have thought of him often since.

Terrance (Terry) Skipper
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