Lippman, Gordon Joseph, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
2162-Operations & Training Staff Officer (G3, S3)
Last MOS Group
Adjutant General (Officer)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 2162, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division/HHC
Service Years
1943 - 1965


Lieutenant Colonel

Six Service Stripes

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Dec 11, 1965
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04E 012

 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere Infantry Shoulder Cord Army Staff Identification Aide-de-Camp Aiguillette

Honorably Discharged WW II French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 


 Military Association Memberships
Legion Of ValorMilitary Order of the Purple HeartVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1951, Legion Of Valor - Assoc. Page
  1965, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1965, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Col. Gordon Lippman enlisted in the Army on 19 March 1943 at Los Angeles, California.  He served with the 517th Parachute Regiment in the ETO.  His unit served in Italy, Southern France, the Ardennes-Alsace, and in Germany.

He was wounded in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge.  He received his battlefield commission shortly thereafter, from sergeant to 1st Lt..

He served in Korea during the Korean War, and was wounded a second time.  He received the DSC during this time for his actions  at the crossing of the Hant' an River, Korea.

On 16 September 1965, he was assigned to duty in Viet Nam where he served as the executive offier of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Lai Khe, RVN.
During the night of 11 December 1965, several Viet Cong snipers infiltrated the perimeter of his camp. Lt. Col Lippman tried to personally locate the snipers, and while moving across an open area when he was shot and killed.
Distinguished Service Cross 
Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Infantry) Gordon J. Lippman, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Commanding Officer of Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.

Captain Lippman distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces in the vicinity of Do Chung, Korea, on 11 April 1951. Captain Lippman was leading his men across the Hantan River in the pre-dawn darkness in an attempt to secure the high ground on the opposite shore from a well-entrenched hostile force. When the friendly troops were in the middle of the river, an enemy outpost discovered the operation and directed machine-gun fire on the wading troops. Quickly deploying his men, Captain Lippman led a charge against the hostile emplacement, destroying it and enabling the company to finish the crossing with a minimum of casualties. He then reorganized the company and led his men across a flat, exposed area toward the objective. The enemy, placed in a strong perimeter defense on the crest of the hill, directed such a devastating volume of fire on the friendly troops that only a platoon of the company reached the base of the objective with Captain Lippman, the remainder being pinned down by the intense fire. He realized that he platoon would be forced to launch a frontal assault against the enemy positions, risking annihilation, unless some method was employed to divert the hostile fire from the attacking troops. He immediately moved up the slope and, armed with a pistol and grenades, attacked the enemy emplacements. For forty-five minutes he maneuvered to within a few yards of these positions, harassing the hostile troops and drawing their concentrated fire.

This courageous action enabled the platoon to work its way to a position from which an assault was launched that routed the enemy.

General Orders: Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 784 (October 19, 1951)
Action Date: 11-Apr-51
Service: Army
Rank: Captain
Company: Company A
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 24th Infantry Regiment
Division: 25th Infantry Division

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Combat Infantryman 3rd Award

Master Parachutist (1 Combat Jump)
Machine Gun

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Basic Training (Camp Toccoa, GA), G/2
 Unit Assignments
517th Parachute Infantry Regiment505th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)82nd Airborne Division1st Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
24th Infantry Regiment1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment (RCT)Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA104th Infantry Division (Timber Wolves)
Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course8th Infantry Division61st Infantry Regiment5th Infantry Division
2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)Department of the Army (DA)National War College
3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
  1943-1944, 1st Battalion, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment
  1944-1945, 605, 1st Battalion, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment
  1945-1945, 1542, 1st Battalion, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment
  1946-1946, 1542, 2nd Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1946-1946, 2030, 82nd Airborne Division/HHC
  1946-1946, 1542, 2nd Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1946-1947, US Army Cavalry School
  1947-1947, 1542, 2nd Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)/HHC
  1947-1948, 2162, 2nd Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1948-1948, 2163, 82nd Airborne Division/HHC
  1948-1950, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1950-1951, 1542, 24th Infantry Regiment
  1951-1951, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment (RCT)
  1952-1953, 2715, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1953-1953, 1542, 104th Infantry Division (Timber Wolves)
  1953-1955, 2162, 104th Infantry Division (Timber Wolves)
  1953-1955, 104th Infantry Division (Timber Wolves)
  1955-1955, 0006, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course
  1956-1956, 1542, 8th Infantry Division
  1956-1956, 1542, 61st Infantry Regiment
  1957-1957, 1542, 5th Infantry Division
  1957-1959, 2163, 8th Infantry Division/HHC
  1959-1960, 2162, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1960-1961, 2900, 82nd Airborne Division/HHC
  1961-1962, 0006, Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)
  1962-1964, 9300, Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (ACSI) Office
  1964-1965, 0006, National War College
  1965-1965, 2162, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1951-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Maryland University CollegeUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillArmy Staff CollegeUniversity of Omaha
Georgetown UniversityNational War College
  1958-1958, University of Maryland University College
  1960-1961, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  1961-1961, Army Staff College
  1962-1962, University of Omaha
  1964-1965, Georgetown University
  1965-1965, National War College
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