Elia, Gary Lawrence, SGT

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11D40-Armor Reconnaissance Specialist
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11D40, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
Service Years
1966 - 1968
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New York
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Casualty Date
Jan 20, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Lebanon National Cemetery - Lebanon, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34E 085/4, 240

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3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1967-1968, 11D40, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
  1967-1968, 11D40, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
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  Oct 23, 2014, General Photos9
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Remembering 20 Jan 68
Posted by Robert Sosenko
October 6, 2018
Most of the PC's took hits in the gas tanks. A20 exploded with me inside and I was wounded but went back to the field the next day. A28 exploded and all the KIA listed Parham, Elia, Esten, Michaud, Moore and Garnica except Kosel and Swalley were on A28. Only Frank Rompell survived but with bad wounds. The track explosions and the exploding ammo kept the NVA from getting to us who made it off the tracks. Swalley was shot thru the chest as he tried to hide in a bush. I am forever thankful to 1st and 3 rd. platoon and to B Troop. for coming out to get us. Thank you Jim Ross, you guys had no idea what you could be running into but you came because you knew we were in trouble just like with Dwight Birdwell and C Troop and I think you know we would have done the same for you.

On January 20, 1968, tanks and armored personnel carriers (APC's) from 2nd Platoon, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division, were conducting a road security mission when they were ambushed by enemy rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire near the main gate of Cu Chi Base Camp in Hau Nghia Province, RVN. One tank and five APC's were hit in the assault, with the tank suffering no damage, but four of the APC's being destroyed. The Americans returned fire with small arms, automatic weapons, and rounds fired from the tank's main gun. Initial reports of U.S. losses were put at two killed, fifteen wounded, and six missing in action. When the engagement ended, the six missing were recovered, most of them unidentifiable due to burns they suffered within one of the burnt-out APC's. A total of eight troopers were killed: CPL Gary L. Elia, PFC John E. Esten, SP4 Andy Garnica, SP4 Gene M. Kosel, PFC Leo E. Michaud, SP4 John J. Moore, PFC James W. Parham, and SP4 Robert E. Swalley. One of the wounded, SGT David J. Klippel, later died of pneumonia secondary to his injuries three days after the battle. Garnica to was posthumously promoted Sergeant. 

Cabell  Martin
Friend, from 1st, Platoon, A, Trp.
Gary, you were, a good friend and I have never forgotten, that terrible night when the 2nd, Platoon, got ambushed, just outside, the gate, at Cu Chi. You guys, were great Soldiers and I will, remember, you always.
Jul 12, 2010

Lorie  Elia
623 NW Hilltop Rd Mayo Fl 32066 USA
Altough I never met you face to face... You were taken 2 years before I was born, My father, your brother Ronald Lorenzo Elia, Always kept you alive with childhood stories of fun and mischief on your family farm. Of high school days with fast cars on dirt roads in Danby NY. You are my HERO and Im proud of you! Thank you for giving your young life for OUR FREEDOM and to those that fell and served with you May God Bless and Be With Wach & Everyone! You've Not Ever Been Forgotten.
May 28, 2012

Al  Burlew
high school friend
Gary, Tomorrow is Memorial Day 2009. You are still remembered and thought of. Because of men like you we are still free.
May 24, 2009
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry AssociationThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Association
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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