Hendricks, Gilbert, SGM

Deceased
 
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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
Foreign Language(s)
French


Special Forces
Sergeant Major


Six Service Stripes



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1931
 
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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

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Special Forces Group


 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne




 Additional Information
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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Korean War
Start Year
1950
End Year
1953

Description
The Korean War; 25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953) began when North Korea invaded South Korea. The United Nations, with the United States as the principal force, came to the aid of South Korea. China came to the aid of North Korea, and the Soviet Union gave some assistance.

Korea was ruled by Japan from 1910 until the closing days of World War II. In August 1945, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan, as a result of an agreement with the United States, and liberated Korea north of the 38th parallel. U.S. forces subsequently moved into the south. By 1948, as a product of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, Korea was split into two regions, with separate governments. Both governments claimed to be the legitimate government of all of Korea, and neither side accepted the border as permanent. The conflict escalated into open warfare when North Korean forces—supported by the Soviet Union and China—moved into the south on 25 June 1950. On that day, the United Nations Security Council recognized this North Korean act as invasion and called for an immediate ceasefire. On 27 June, the Security Council adopted S/RES/83: Complaint of aggression upon the Republic of Korea and decided the formation and dispatch of the UN Forces in Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force, with the United States providing 88% of the UN's military personnel.

After the first two months of the conflict, South Korean forces were on the point of defeat, forced back to the Pusan Perimeter. In September 1950, an amphibious UN counter-offensive was launched at Inchon, and cut off many of the North Korean troops. Those that escaped envelopment and capture were rapidly forced back north all the way to the border with China at the Yalu River, or into the mountainous interior. At this point, in October 1950, Chinese forces crossed the Yalu and entered the war. Chinese intervention triggered a retreat of UN forces which continued until mid-1951.

After these reversals of fortune, which saw Seoul change hands four times, the last two years of conflict became a war of attrition, with the front line close to the 38th parallel. The war in the air, however, was never a stalemate. North Korea was subject to a massive bombing campaign. Jet fighters confronted each other in air-to-air combat for the first time in history, and Soviet pilots covertly flew in defense of their communist allies.

The fighting ended on 27 July 1953, when an armistice was signed. The agreement created the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea, and allowed the return of prisoners. However, no peace treaty has been signed, and the two Koreas are technically still at war. Periodic clashes, many of which are deadly, have continued to the present.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1950
To Year
1953
 
Last Updated:
Nov 26, 2009
   
Personal Memories

Memories
Summer Offensive (Chip-o-Rhea Battle) Jun-Aug 1951
Fall Offensive (Whon-Shon Push) Aug - Oct 1951
2nd Winter Offensive (Stat, Mov, & Pat) Oct 1951 - Jan 1952

   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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  • Badger, Thomas Jenkins, COL, (1932-1965)
  • Ballard, Clarence Commodore, CPT, (1941-1950)
  • Barker, William, Sgt, (1950-1951)
  • Barksdale, Thomas Jefferson, Sgt, (1946-1950)
  • Barnes, John, T/Sgt, (1949-1952)
  • Battiste, Alfonza, LTC, (1951-1972)
  • Becker, Jim, S/Sgt, (1948-1952)
  • Beckwith, Charles Robert, SGT, (1946-1955)
  • Beilstein, James, SGT, (1949-1957)
  • Bell, Thomas, PFC, (1950-1952)
  • Block, Kenneth, Cpl
  • Bohmer, Frederick, Sgt, (1950-1953)
  • Bridges, Shelton, SFC, (1938-1968)
  • Brown, M.D., Robert W., CPT, (1952-1953)
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