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/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

People You Remember
The many names of my memoris of my war in Vietnam, were with Co B 1st Bn 6th Inf, 198th LT Inf Bde, 23rd Infantry Div)(Americal Division, LT Shults, CPT Shaw, Arnold Walt Gay, SGT Mendoza, SGT Tydell, Member that made up 3rd Platoon (Dirty Heard) from 9 Sep 1970 - 8 Sep 1971


Memories
we forever bonded in my mind as the many friendships and the good and bad time had

   
Units Participated in Operation

1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)

I Corps/29th Civil Affairs Company

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  14700 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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