Kowaleski, Gregory Stanley, SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11B30, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Service Years
1966 - 1968

Sergeant


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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Riverside
Last Address
Riverside

Casualty Date
May 20, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Beverly National Cemetery - Beverly, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
64E 006

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade
  1967-1968, 11B10, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division
  1967-1968, 11B30, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1967-1968, 11B30, 173rd Airborne Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation MacArthur/Battle of Dak To
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Greeley
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sgt. Kowaleski enlisted in 18 August 1966.

He served in the Dominican Republic in April 1967 on a joint military exercise.

In Vietnam, he served with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade. He fought in the Battle of Dak To (Hill 875), and was awarded his 1st Bronze Star (V).

On the day he was killed, his patrol was crossing a rice patty, he was shot, and died of his wounds while being evacuated from the area.

He was interrred in Beverly National Cemetery, New Jersey.

Bronze Star 1st and 2nd Awards

Bronze Star for Heroism
For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force: Specialist Four Kowaleski distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 19 November 1967 in the Republic of Vietnam. On this day, Company A, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, made heavy enemy contact near Dak To, Republic of Vietnam. During the intense battle, Company A was cut off from the rest of the battalion. In an effort to regain contact with friendly forces, Specialist Kowaleski moved to the heaviest point of contact and began placing extremely accurate fire on the enemy positions. In his assault, Specialist Kowaleski continued to move from position to position, exposing himself to the enemy fire. While moving forward, Specialist Kowaleski shouted words of encouragement and aided the wounded to safe areas. Having secured medical treatment for the wounded, he returned to the front lines and began inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy force. Specialist Four Kowaleski's outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty, and personal bravery were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Award of the Bronze Star (First Oak Leaf Cluster)
For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force: Sergeant Kowaleski distinguished himself on 20 May 1968 in the Republic of Vietnam. On this day, when Company A made contact with enemy force, the Second Platoon found itself under extremely heavy enemy fire. Sergeant Kowaleski immediately, with complete disregard for his own safety, dashed forward to the point of heaviest contact and began to engage the enemy. He moved from position to position through the intense enemy fire to force the enemy back. He continued to place accurate and effective fire upon the enemy until he was mortally wounded. Sergeant Kowaleski's actions were in keeping with the highest highest military traditions and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
   
Comments/Citation
Note:  His father had served in WWII and was a Prisoner of War for 11 months.
   
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