Polito, Gene Albert, CPL

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Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11B10, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
Service Years
1967 - 1968


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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SP 6 Gary McJimsey to remember Polito, Gene Albert, CPL.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Cleveland, Ohio

Casualty Date
Jan 04, 1968
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Calvary Cemetery - Cleveland, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
33E 040

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
  1967-1968, 11B10, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment/A Company
  1967-1968, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment/HHC
  1967-1968, 11B10, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Yellowstone
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Photos Provided by Cindy Glantzis3
  Other Images3
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Gene Lived in Cleveland, Ohio. When Gene was a younger boy he lived on Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, where he meet a girl about the same age, Cindy Lyons. Cindy (Lyons) Glantzis and Gene were close friends at the time of his death. Cindy has provided much of the information regarding Gene, his family and the photos posted on Gene's profile. This information was provided in 2012, 44 years to the month following Gene's death. Some of these photos may have been taken in the summer of 1967. The photo of the two Army Soldiers was most likely taken at Gene's home in Cleveland in the summer of 1967. Gene is the shorter one on the right and the other soldier is Cindy's brother, Christopher, who also served in Vietnam. Cindy has not forgotten the loss of this very special soldier.

Date of Birth June 15, 1948
Roman Catholic
Single (Never Married)
Gene's Family:

Father  - Augustino C. Polito, Cleveland, Ohio
Mother - Christine / Chris
Sister - Betty May (She is in one of the photos)
Sister - Diane
Half Sister - Michelle
Nephew - Bryan (son of Betty May)

Regular Army - Enlisted
Vietnam Tour of Duty Started September 20, 1967.

Died due to hostile action from multiple fragmentation wounds received when engaged in a firefight while on a combat operation during Operation Yellowstone near the vicinity of Fire Support Base Burt, approximately thirteen kilometers west of Tonle Cham Airfield, Tay Ninh Provence, US Military Region 3, Republic of South Vietnam.

Posthumous Promotion to Corporal E4
Age at death 19
Find A Grave Memorial #23280848
Four other US military personnel died in this incident:
  • Gober, Billy Willie, SP4, A Company
  • Griffith, Roger Dale, SP4, A Company
  • Johnson, Lowell, SP4, A Company
  • Kennedy, Curtis Lee, SP4, A Company

Good friend and army buddy: Christopher Lyons

Remembrances From VVMF site: 
I just found out about this site (VVMF).  I just wanted to thank all of you for your memories and love. I made a promise to him 47 years ago, actually the last words we spoke to one another before he left for Vietnam. He said "Please, If I don't come back, don't forget me because once you’re forgotten is when you're truly dead".  I promised I never would and I never have. I know he would be very pleased and happy to know how many caring and thoughtful people have been keeping him alive. Thank you. God Bless All of You.
Betty Connolly

Being born after you fell in Vietnam I know only what was told from family my whole life. As the son of your sister Betty, you have been a part of my life every day and the respect and love of your sister shines through in every conversation I have with my mother. I only wish I would've had the chance to meet you. Rest in Peace
Bryan Connolly

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