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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Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
Start Year
1968
End Year
1968

Description
This campaign was from 30 January to 1 April 1968. On 29 January 1968 the Allies began the Tet-lunar new year expecting the usual 36-hour peaceful holiday truce. Because of the threat of a large-scale attack and communist buildup around Khe Sanh, the cease fire order was issued in all areas over which the Allies were responsible with the exception of the I CTZ, south of the Demilitarized Zone.

Determined enemy assaults began in the northern and Central provinces before daylight on 30 January and in Saigon and the Mekong Delta regions that night. Some 84,000 VC and North Vietnamese attacked or fired upon 36 of 44 provincial capitals, 5 of 6 autonomous cities, 64 of 242 district capitals and 50 hamlets. In addition, the enemy raided a number of military installations including almost every airfield. The actual fighting lasted three days; however Saigon and Hue were under more intense and sustained attack.

The attack in Saigon began with a sapper assault against the U.S. Embassy. Other assaults were directed against the Presidential Palace, the compound of the Vietnamese Joint General Staff, and nearby Ton San Nhut air base.

At Hue, eight enemy battalions infiltrated the city and fought the three U.S. Marine Corps, three U.S. Army and eleven South Vietnamese battalions defending it. The fight to expel the enemy lasted a month. American and South Vietnamese units lost over 500 killed, while VC and North Vietnamese battle deaths may have been somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000.

Heavy fighting also occurred in two remote regions: around the Special Forces camp at Dak To in the central highlands and around the U.S. Marines Corps base at Khe Sanh. In both areas, the allies defeated attempts to dislodge them. Finally, with the arrival of more U.S. Army troops under the new XXIV Corps headquarters to reinforce the marines in the northern province, Khe Sanh was abandoned.

Tet proved a major military defeat for the communists. It had failed to spawn either an uprising or appreciable support among the South Vietnamese. On the other hand, the U.S. public became discouraged and support for the war was seriously eroded. U.S. strength in South Vietnam totaled more than 500,000 by early 1968. In addition, there were 61,000 other allied troops and 600,000 South Vietnamese.

The Tet Offensive also dealt a visibly severe setback to the pacification program, as a result of the intense fighting needed to root out VC elements that clung to fortified positions inside the towns. For example, in the densely populated delta there had been approximately 14,000 refugees in January; after Tet some 170,000 were homeless. The requirement to assist these persons seriously inhibited national recovery efforts.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1968
To Year
1968
 
Last Updated:
Jan 7, 2019
   
Personal Memories

Memories
WSMTT (White Star, Laos) Oct 1961 - Apr 1962
I-3, MACV & USASF(P)V - (VnSF AdvGp) - Jan-Jul 1964

   
Units Participated in Operation

1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)

I Corps/29th Civil Affairs Company

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  13373 Also There at This Battle:
  • Adams, John, LTC, (1966-2001)
  • Adkisson, Jim, (1966-1969)
  • Agard, George R, SP 5, (1968-1971)
  • Agner, Stanley Eugene, SGT, (1969-1971)
  • Aho, Milt, SP 5, (1969-1971)
  • Akins, Donald, CW4, (1963-1985)
  • Akridge, William, COL, (1966-2007)
  • Aldridge, Jon, SP 5, (1968-1971)
  • Alexander, Brian, SP 4, (1970-1973)
  • Alfred, Harry, SGT, (1967-1969)
  • Allen, Lee, SP 4, (1966-1968)
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