Gay, Walter, MSG

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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Service Branch
Quartermaster Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
92Y-Unit Supply Specialist
Current/Last MOS Group
Quartermaster Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2005-2005, 92Y, 1st Infantry Division
Previously Held MOS
11B10-Infantryman
92G-Food Service Specialist
Service Years
1970 - 2010
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Cold War Certificate

Master Sergeant


Twelve Service Stripes



Four Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) ARNG Recruiting & Retention Badge (Basic) Schutzenschnur Bronze

1st Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran


 Military Association Memberships
Veterans of the Vietnam WarN/AMember-at-LargeDisabled American Veterans (DAV)
American LegionPost 1Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)Chapter 35
Society of 1st Infantry Division Americal Division Veterans Association
  2006, Veterans of the Vietnam War [Verified]1
  2007, Combat Infantrymen's Association, N/A (Member) [Verified]1
  2009, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Member-at-Large (National President) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page
  2009, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified]1 - Assoc. Page
  2009, American Legion [Verified]1 - Assoc. Page
  2010, American Veterans (AMVETS), Post 1 (Member) (Rochaster, New Hampshire) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page
  2010, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), Chapter 35 (Secretary) (Greenland, New Hampshire)1
  2010, Society of 1st Infantry Division [Verified]1
  2011, Americal Division Veterans Association [Verified]2


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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
Start Year
1970
End Year
1971

Description
This campaign was from 1 Jul 1970 to 30 June 1971. Fighting continued in Cambodia during early February before and after South Vietnam began its U.S.-aided drive in Laos, Lam Son 719, the most significant operation during this campaign.

Lam Son 719 was conducted out of I Corps by Vietnamese troops with US fire and air support. Their object was to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail and to destroy enemy bases at Techepone, Laos. The operation consisted of four phases. In Phases I, called Operation DEWEY CANYON II, the 1st Brigade, US 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) occupied the Khe Sanh area and cleared Route No. 9 up to the Laotian border. In the meantime, the US 101st Airborne Division conducted diversionary operations in the A Shau Valley. The US 45th Engineer Group had the mission of repairing Route No. 9 up to the Laotian border. This lasted from 30 January to 7 February 1971. During Phase II US forces continued to provide fire support, helilift, and tactical and strategic air support for ARVN units. This phase was 8 February to March 1971. Phase III ran from March to 16 March 1971; Phase IV was the withdrawal phase.

Faced with mounting losses, Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Lam, the commander of the invasion forces, decided to cut short the operation and ordered a withdrawal.

Lam Son 719, though it was less than a signal success, forestalled a Communist offensive in the spring of 1971. Enemy units and replacements enroute south were diverted to the scene of the action.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1970
To Year
1971
 
Last Updated:
Oct 22, 2010
   
Personal Memories

People You Remember
1LT Shults 3rd Platoon Leader Co B 1st Bn 6th Inf 187th Inf Bde, 23rd Infantry Division(Americal Div) Walt Gay, Arnold, SGT Mendoza, SGT Tydell, and many other from the 1970 Sep 9, 8 Sep 1971.


Memories
There were many Good and Bad Memories Bad memories lost of comrades in the platoon WIA,KIA,MIA. Good memories was the great frendships made and brothers in arms bonded forever as 11B Infantry Grunts

   
Units Participated in Operation

1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)

I Corps/29th Civil Affairs Company

 
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  2606 Also There at This Battle:
  • Aakre, Keith, LTC, (1968-1994)
  • Abbey, Brian, SGT, (1969-1971)
  • Adkins, Bennie G., CSM, (1956-1978)
  • Akin, James E, SSG, (1976-1982)
  • Allen, Abraham, SP 5, (1967-1971)
  • Allen, Michael, SGT, (1970-1971)
  • Allman, Timothy, SGT, (1965-1973)
  • Andrus, Laurence, CPT, (1957-1977)
  • Angelo, Chuck, CW3, (1969-1989)
  • Anway, Chuck, MSG, (1964-1984)
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