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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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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Home Town
New Bedford
Last Address
Not Specified

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

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Infantry Shoulder Cord Special Forces Group

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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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   1951-1951, 1745, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team

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Assigned to HQ Co, 3rd Bn, 187th AIR briefly before the unit was deployed to Japan/Korea from Fort Campbell.
Reassigned to 24th ID before deploying to Korea.

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187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team

Brown, Lewis E., CSM, (1943-1976) IN 1745 Technical Sergeant
Ruddy, Francis J, CSM, (1943-1975) IN 1745 Staff Sergeant
Woodard, Joel Gardner, SFC, (1945-1951) IN 1745 Sergeant First Class
Carter, Albert, CSM, (1948-1968) IN 11G50 Sergeant
Meares, Cecil Abner, SFC, (1948-1967) IN 1745 Corporal
Plumley, Basil, CSM, (1942-1974) IN 1745 Master Sergeant
Wilkes, Philip James, M/Sgt, (1943-1951) IN 1745 Master Sergeant
Alamo, Gabriel Ralph, MSG, (1940-1964) IN 1745 Technical Sergeant
Fenske, Bernard L., SGM, (1947-1969) IN 1745 Staff Sergeant
Reynolds, Harvey Claude, SSG, (1951-1969) IN 4745 Staff Sergeant
Saum, Robert, SFC, (1941-1961) IN 1745 Staff Sergeant
Carter, Lee Burt, MSG, (1944-1970) IN 1745 Sergeant
Manley, Jack Robert, CSM, (1950-1981) IN 1745 Sergeant
Newman, Bobby A., CW4, (1951-1985) IN 111.0 Sergeant
Sabalauski, Walter James, CSM, (1941-1971) IN 1745 Sergeant
Willis, Gaylord B., Sgt, (1948-1951) IN 1745 Sergeant
Hoffmaster, Lynn G, Cpl, (1948-1951) IN 111.10 Corporal
White, William A., Cpl IN 4745 Corporal
Womack, Clarence, Cpl, (1941-1951) IN 4745 Corporal
Woodruff, Robert W., Cpl, (1950-1951) IN 4745 Corporal
Rosser, Ronald, MSG, (1946-1968) IN 1607 Technician Fifth Grade
Broyles, Carrol, PFC, (1950-1951) IN 111.10 Private First Class
Van Dunk, William G., PFC, (1948-1951) IN 4745 Private First Class
Warren, Carol Wayne, PFC, (1950-1951) IN 4745 Private First Class
Waugh, William, SGM, (1948-1972) IN 4745 Private First Class
Wehland, William Howard, PFC, (1948-1951) IN 4745 Private First Class
Wilbourn, Julian Dale, PFC IN 4745 Private First Class
Williams, Robert H., PFC, (1949-1951) IN 4745 Private First Class
Womack, Robert Walter, PFC, (1950-1951) IN 4745 Private First Class
Woodward, William K., PFC, (1945-1951) IN 4745 Private First Class
Warner, Marvin La Garde, Pvt, (1949-1951) IN 4745 Private
White, Llewellyn, Pvt, (1950-1951) IN 4745 Private
Gerhart, George, COL, (1930-1961) IN 1542 Colonel
Westmoreland, William Childs, GEN, (1936-1972) IN 1542 Colonel
Bank, Aaron, COL, (1938-1958) IN 1542 Lieutenant Colonel
Miley, Jr., William M., COL, (1942-1973) IN 1542 Major
Psaki, Jr., Nicholas, COL, (1941-1976) IN 1542 Captain
Speirs, Ronald C. (Sparky), LTC, (1942-1966) IN 1542 Captain
Baldwin, Daniel Lord III, COL, (1950-1980) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Davis Sr., Fred E., SGM, (1942-1975) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Grange, David E., Jr., LTG, (1943-1984) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Spellman, David, 1LT, (1943-1951) IN 1543 First Lieutenant
White, David Newell, 1LT, (1947-1951) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
VanderGast, James A., SFC, (1948-1951) SC 1542 Sergeant First Class
Galloway, Thomas, S/Sgt, (1951-1954) MP 4677 Staff Sergeant
Bass, William Welton, SFC, (1949-1972) QM 060 Private First Class
Irby, Charles, SP 5, (1951-1960) QM 4620 Private First Class
Wise, Bruce Persons, PFC FA 3844 Private First Class
Carter, Albert, CSM, (1948-1968) IN Sergeant
Reynolds, Donald M., MSG, (1941-1963) IN Sergeant
Vaczi, Alex E., 1SG, (1948-1966) IN Sergeant
Atkins, Albert Edward, PFC, (1950-1951) IN Private First Class
Carter, Sherwood, Sr., LTC, (1942-1967) Captain
Savoie, Lawrence, SGT, (1944-1955) Sergeant
Griffin, John, Cpl Corporal
Lutz, John Wilbur, Cpl, (1948-1951) Corporal
Trapnell, Thomas John Hall, GEN, (1927-1962) Brigadier General
Queen, James Carlton, MAJ, (1944-1964) Captain
Sampson, Francis L., MG, (1942-1971) Captain

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