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
Branch Immaterial (Officer)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 2162, HHC, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
1943 - 1965


Lieutenant Colonel

Seven Service Stripes

Four 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/Section 3, Site 4140-F

 Official Badges 

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

Honorably Discharged WW II French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 


 Military Association Memberships
Legion Of ValorVietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1951, Legion Of Valor - Assoc. Page
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 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 as Platoon Sgt. of the machine gun Platoon, 1st Brigade HHC  His unit served in Italy, Southern France, the Ardennes-Alsace, and in Germany. The 517th fought during the Battle of the Bulge at Soy and Hotten. During this service period he was awarded two Bronze Stars.
  After his his Honorable discharge as Platoon Sgt. May 13 1945 he received his battlefied commission to 2nd Lt. on the same date.

He served in Korea as Capt. of Company A  with the 24th Infantry Regiment and was wounded twice. During this time He received two Silver Stars one of which was upgraded to the DSC 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/ Advancement Schools
517th Parachute Infantry Regiment2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)82nd Airborne Division505th Airborne Infantry Regiment (1947-1957)
504th Airborne Infantry24th Infantry 1st Battalion, 34th InfantryInfantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
104th Infantry Division (Timber Wolves)Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course8th Infantry Division61st Infantry Regiment
2nd Airborne Battle Group, 503rd InfantryArmed Forces Staff College (Staff)Department of the Army (DA)National War College
3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
  1943-1944, 605, 1st Battalion, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment
  1944-1945, 605, 1st Battalion, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment
  1945-1945, 1st Battalion, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment
  1946-1946, 1542, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
  1946-1946, 2030, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1946-1946, 1542, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
  1946-1947, US Army Cavalry School
  1947-1947, 1542, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 505th Airborne
  1947-1948, 2162, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 505th Airborne
  1948-1948, 2163, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1948-1950, 1542, HHC, 504th Airborne Infantry
  1950-1951, 1542, HHC, 24th Infantry
  1951-1951, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry
  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)
  1955-1955, 6, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1956-1956, 1542, 8th Infantry Division
  1956-1956, 1542, 61st Infantry Regiment
  1957-1959, 2163, HHC, 8th Infantry Division
  1959-1960, 2162, HHC, 2nd Airborne Battle Group, 503rd Infantry
  1960-1961, 2900, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1961-1962, 6, Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)
  1962-1964, 9300, DA/Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (ACSI) Office
  1964-1965, 6, National War College
  1965-1965, 2162, HHC, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  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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