Hendricks, Gilbert, SGM

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Last Rank
Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Command Sergeant Major
Last Primary MOS
11G50-Infantry Senior Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1968, 11G50, 12th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Service Years
1948 - 1968
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Special Forces
Sergeant Major

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Four Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SP 4 Bryan Hendricks (Bryan) to remember Hendricks, Gilbert (Gil), SGM USA(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
New Bedford
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jul 07, 1989
Location of Interment
Woodbine Cemetery - Oceanport, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Infantry Shoulder Cord Special Forces Group

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Last Known Activity
Sergeant Major Gil Hendricks was a combat veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars.  He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1948 shortly after his 17th birthday, but before entering the service he changed his enlistment to the U.S. Army in order to join the paratroopers.  After basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, Gil was assigned to the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment and shipped to Sendai, Japan where he completed Basic Airborne training at the 11th Airborne Division Jump School.  With additional training at the 511th Airborne Signal School, Gil remained in Japan on occupation duty until 1949 when the 511th PIR returned to Camp Campbell, Kentucky.
Prior to the Korean War, Gil attended the Signal School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey then had a short assignment with the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell.  However, before that unit was posted to Japan (then Korea), Gil was reassigned (circumstances unknown) to the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division and shipped off to Korea.  Gil took part in the Summer and Fall offenses of 1951, earning the Silver Star, and the 2nd Winter offensive of 1951-52 as a platoon sergeant.
After the war, Gil was assigned to an Ordinance Training Battalion at Aberdeen Proving Ground as a field frist sergeant then off to Germany in Nurnberg with the 371st Armored Infantry Battalion (Merrell Barracks) and the U.S. Constabulary. This was followed by duty with the 324th Ordinance Group in New Jersey as a senior advisor.  During this time Gil met and married his wife Frances (Fran) and they had their first two children, Lorelei and Gilbert.
Gil volunteered for Special Forces and was assigned to the 77th/7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg in January 1960 where he served as an instructor then team sergeant.  Gil and Fran had their third child, Bryan, during this time.

While with the 7th SFGA, Gil volunteered for the White Star Mobile Training Teams and was posted to Laos in October 1961 where he trained, assisted, and advised the 13th Battalion d'Infantrie until April of the following year.  In October 1962 Gil transferred to the 1st SFGA where he served as the Sergeant Major (T) for Detachment 330, Chief Advisor for the 31st VN SFGA (RVN), then NCOIC SAF-Asia Planning Group in Okinawa.  Gil was awarded the Bronze Star during this time.
In 1965 Gil returned to the United States and was assigned to the 17th SFGA (organized as E Company, 12th SFGA in 1966) in Seattle, Washington and promoted to Sergeant Major (P).  He  received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious performance of duty as Chief Enlisted Advisor (Seattle Subgroup, U.S. Army Advisory Group, Washington) and remained with the 12th SFGA until he retired from active duty on 31 October 1968 after 20 years of service.
Gil and his family remained in Washington where he worked for Boeing in Everett then as the Data Processing Manager for the City of Edmunds.  In 1979, after the last of their children had graduated from high school, Gil and Fran moved to Monmouth County, New Jersey, to the same town where they had met 26 years earlier.  Gil died in 1989 and was interned at Woodbine Cemetery with military honors.  Fran died in 2011 and was laid to rest next to Gil.
Other Comments:
I am proud of my father's service to our country. As kids, my sister, brother and I would prod him for stories about his service while he sipped his "Cup of Joe" at the breakfast table on Saturday mornings. We thought we would have many more years with him when he passed suddenly in 1989 at the age of 58. This profile is a tribute to our hero and was compiled using information from his service record.

If you are viewing this from your 
army.togetherweserved.com account and you knew my father, I hope you will share your memories using the "Tributes from Members" area on this profile, or contact me through my own profile, SP4 Bryan Hendricks.  THANK YOU for your service.

-- Bryan Hendricks
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   1962-1965, 11F10, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)

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 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Details

1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Constituted 5 July 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 2d Company, 1st Battalion, First Regiment, 1st Special Service Force, a combined Canadian-American organization Activated 9 July 1942 at Fort William Henry Harrison, Montana Disbanded 6 January 1945 in France Reconstituted 15 April 1960 in the Regular Army; concurrently consolidated with Company B, 1st Ranger Infantry Battalion (activated 19 June 1942), and consolidated unit redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces Consolidated 30 September 1960 with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Forces Group (constituted 14 June 1957 in the Regular Army and activated 24 June 1957 in Japan), and consolidated unit designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces (organic units concurrently constituted and activated 4 October 1960) Group inactivated 30 June 1974 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina Activated 1 September 1984 at Fort Lewis, Washington (Former Company B, 1st Ranger Infantry Battalion, withdrawn 3 February 1986, consolidated with Company N, 75th Infantry, and consolidated unit redesignated as Company N, 75th Ranger Regiment , hereafter separate lineage) Redesignated 1 October 2005 as the 1st Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces Regiment CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT World War II *Aleutian Islands *Naples-Foggia *Anzio *Rome-Arno *Southern France (with arrowhead) *Rhineland 1st Special Forces Battalion additionally entitled to: War on Terrorism Global War on Terrorism 2d Special Forces Battalion additionally entitled to: War on Terrorism Campaigns to be determined DECORATIONS *Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered PACIFIC AREA 1972-1973 *Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered ASIA 2002 *Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered JULY-AUGUST 1972 Company C, 1st Special Forces Battalion, additionally entitled to: Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IRAQ 2007 Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered CENTRAL IRAQ 2008-2009 Company C, 2d Special Forces Battalion, additionally entitled to: Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IRAQ 2007
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Last Updated: Dec 4, 2017
Memories For This Unit

Chain of Command
MAJ Robert A. Mountel, Senior Advisor 31st VN SFGA, RVN

Other Memories
Oct 62 - Dec 63 Sergeant Major, SF : Det 330, 1st SFGA
Jan 64 - Jul 64 Chief SF Advisor - VN : 31st VN SFGA, RVN
Aug 64 - May 65 NCOIC, SAF-Asia PlngGrp, 1st SFGA
MOS: 115.93 then 11F5S

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Bronze Star
1st Parachute Brigade (South Korea)
ROC (Taiwan) Jump Wings?
Vietnamese Airborne Beret Insignia
106 Members Also There at Same Time
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Dean, William Mearl, SFC, (1952-1964) IN 11F10 Sergeant First Class
Everhart, William Joseph, SFC, (1949-1963) IN 11F10 Sergeant First Class
Gray, Jesse Alexander, SFC, (1948-1964) IN 11F10 Sergeant First Class
Payne, Paul Charles, SGM, (1943-1967) IN 11Z50 Sergeant Major
Brown, Lewis E., CSM, (1943-1976) IN 11Z50 Master Sergeant
Williamson, Fred R, MSG, (1948-1968) IN 11F40 Master Sergeant
Alvarado, Jose, SFC, (1962-1965) IN 112.10 Sergeant First Class
Brockman, Verndean Arthur, SFC, (1952-1963) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Combs, Alfred Henry, SFC, (1951-1965) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Manley, Jack Robert, CSM, (1950-1981) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Newman, Bobby A., CW4, (1951-1985) IN 11F40 Sergeant First Class
Sansone, Dominick, SFC, (1950-1964) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Shumate, Walter Lee, SGM, (1952-1982) IN 11B20 Sergeant First Class
West, Donald Frederick, SGM, (1947-1971) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Wilson, Burrell Andrew, Jr., MSG, (1955-1976) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
MacDougall, Edward H., MSG, (1943-1973) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
Plank, Gerald Allen, SFC, (1966-1975) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
Quirk, John, SFC, (1954-1975) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
Slaughter, Charles Kenneth, SGM, (1955-1976) IN 11C20 Staff Sergeant
Walker, Jerry, MSG, (1965-1994) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
Alderman, Joe, MSG, (1958-1980) IN 11B20 Sergeant
Pace, Giles, SSG, (1961-1972) IN 111.10 Sergeant
Stevens, Lowell Wesley, Sr., MSG, (1959-1980) IN 112.10 Sergeant
Bonner, Jack Lee, 1SG, (1953-1974) IN 11B10 Corporal
Turner, Daniel Douglass, MAJ, (1960-1981) IN 11B20 Corporal
Gabriel, James, SP 5, (1958-1962) IN 11C20 Specialist 5
Kiernan, Thomas, COL, (1960-1989) JA 27A Colonel
Burns, Hugh, LTC, (1946-1969) IN 1542 Major
De la Pena, Miquel, LTC, (1942-1967) MI 9300 Major
Firth, John G., LTC, (1944-1970) IN 1542 Major
Brodt, James Henry, CPT, (1955-1963) IN 11A Captain
Cordell, Terry Denver, CPT, (1957-1962) IN 11A Captain
Dexter, Herbert John, MAJ, (1949-1965) IN 1542 Captain
Durrwachter, Herman Karl, CPT, (1947-1962) IN 1542 Captain
Harriman, Alan Bates, CPT, (1961-1964) CA 9305 Captain
Sylvester, Bill, MAJ, (1962-1985) IN 1542 Captain
Towery, Herman Turner, CPT, (1953-1964) IN 1542 Captain
Youree, James Frank, LTC, (1952-1984) AG 2110 Captain
Youree, James Frank, LTC, (1952-1984) MI 9301 Captain
Terry, Frederick Garside, MAJ, (1960-1968) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Hillis, Charles, CSM, (1948-1978) AG 00D Sergeant Major
Hillis, Charles, CSM, (1948-1978) OD 63Z.50 First Sergeant
Reynolds, Donald M., MSG, (1941-1963) QM 1620 Master Sergeant
Benzel, Richard Dale, SFC, (1950-1962) EN 12B10 Sergeant First Class
Lied, John, SFC, (1952-1975) SC 05B10 Staff Sergeant
McKitrick, Michael, SSG, (1961-1974) MD 91B10 Staff Sergeant
Tabata, Ernest K., CSM, (1946-1981) EN 12B10 Staff Sergeant
Anson, James, SGT, (1959-1968) SC 1766 Sergeant
Apperson, Gerald Franklin, SFC, (1954-1969) SC 05B Sergeant
Britton, Fred, LTC, (1961-1989) SC 05B Sergeant
Britton, Fred, LTC, (1961-1989) SC 051 Sergeant
Brown, Earl Frederick, SSG, (1958-1966) EN 12B10 Sergeant
Emert, Tommie D., SGT, (1960-1964) MD 91B10 Sergeant
Gariepy, Craig Barry, SGT, (1965-1967) SC 05B10 Sergeant
Green, Donald, MAJ, (1961-1992) SC 05B Sergeant
Kendra, John, SSG, (1961-1966) SC 05B Sergeant
Zieba, James, MAJ, (1957-1978) SC 05B10 Sergeant
Bass, William Welton, SFC, (1949-1972) MD 91S Specialist 5
Cross, Glenn, SP 5, (1962-1964) MD 91B10 Specialist 5

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