Gilden, Terry, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1983-1983, State Department
Service Years
1975 - 1983

Sergeant First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Casualty Date
Apr 18, 1983
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
In the Line of Duty
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section G

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Dept of State

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Airborne Cold War Veteran

 Military Association Memberships
Beirut Veterans Memorial
  2013, Beirut Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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Expert Infantryman

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 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)State Department
  1975-1978, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
  1978-1983, 11B10, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)
  1983-1983, State Department
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1983-1983 Beirut Embassy Bombing3
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Aug 18, 2013, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

SFC Terry Lee Gilden was killed on 18 April 1983, at the U.S. Embassy, Beirut, Lebanon during a terrorist truck bombing attack on the embassy.  Terry was assigned to A Squadron, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta (Airborne), a.k.a "Delta Force," Fort Bragg, North Carolina at the time of his death.   Terry was supporting the American Ambassador's protective detail at the time of his death.  The bombing was the work of an Iranian Shiite Hezbollah "Party of God" group.  The suicide bomber drove a pickup truck containing gas-enhanced explosive into the embassy.  The blast killed 17 Americans, which included a Marine Corps guard, three soldiers, seven Central Intelligence Agency personnel, and 46 foreign nationals.  Terry was our unit's first loss to the enemy.

On 18 September of 2015, Terry's name was placed on Department of State's Diplomatic Security Memorial, in Washington, D.C..

This remembrance profile is maintained by Mike R. Vining, SGM USA (Retired).
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