Bender, Gernot, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11D10-Armor Reconnaissance Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1959 - 1969
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Order of the Spur

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Casualty Date
Mar 25, 1969
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Alter Friedhof - Hessen, Germany
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28W 032

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Order of The Spur

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The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor3/4 Cav AssociationVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1969, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  1969, 3/4 Cav Association [Verified]1
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Tributes from Members  
Tributes from Others posted by IN Olsen, David O, SGT 547
My Father posted by Short, Diane (TWS Chief Admin) 813 
Tribute from 3/4 Cav Association posted by AR Moore, John (SaberAlpha 10), MAJ 228
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  Tributes from Others: Apr 4, 2016  

Georgians being remembered by Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 4346
Sep 9, 2009
Jackie Taylor
May your spirit, always live on, in the hearts of those, you loved and those, who grew to love you, for your bravery, courage and dedication.
Mar 25, 2009
Manuel Pino  B/2/8th Cav,1st Cav 68-69
mpjr54@msn. com
Fellow Army Vietnam Brother
A Trp/3/4th Cav Rgt, 25th Inf Div
The young dead soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We were young. We have died. Remember us. They say: We have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours, they will mean what you make them. They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say, it is you who must say this. We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young, they say. We have died remember us. by Archibald MacLeish, 1892-1982, American Poet
Dec 19, 2008
Chuck  Tarver
Comrade, in Arms
4014, Oriental Drive, Olympia, WA., 98506, USA
I served, with SSG., Bender, in 1967-68, at the University, of San Francisco. Kevin, if you read this send me, an email. MSG., C. Tarver, USA., Retired.
May 26, 2008
Vietnam  Vet.
The President of the United States takes pride, in presenting, the Distinguished, Service Cross, (Posthumously) to Gernot Bender, (RA51414267) Staff Sergeant, U.S., Army, for extraordinary heroism, in connection with military operations, involving conflict, with an armed, hostile force, in the Republic, of Vietnam, while serving, with Troop A, 3d, Squadron, 4th, Cavalry, 25th, Infantry Division. Staff Sergeant, Bender, distinguished himself, by exceptionally valorous actions, on 25, March 1969, in Hau Nghai, Province, on a mission, to engage an enemy force, which had ambushed,, the Dau Tieng, convoy. Reaching, the ambush site, his troops found, the aggressors had moved, to a new hiding, place and the squadron and troop commander, had advanced alone, to reconnoiter. When firing was heard, Sergeant Bender, immediately drove, his tank to the aid, of the two, officers. Seeing, that they, were pinned down, by a machine gun bunker, he silenced the emplacement, with his main gun and then spearheaded, an assault as the rest, of his unit followed. Intense hostile fire, wounded several men and a rocket-propelled grenade, scored, a direct hit, on, an armored, personnel carrier. Sergeant Bender moved, to secure, the carrier and provide covering fire, while the casualties were rescued, throwing grenades and firing his rifle, after his vehicle's weapons, became inoperative. He then pulled back, to a defensive position, where he placed suppressive fire, during the evacuation, of the wounded, re-supplied his element, with ammunition and repaired, his weapons, which had malfunctioned. As his troops, again moved forward, he assaulted, a machine gun bunker, destroying it and killing, its occupants and then engaged and destroyed, a rocket-propelled grenade team, that exposed itself to fire on one, of the carriers. Second later, his vehicle was struck, by a rocket-propelled grenade, seriously wounding him, in the leg. Ignoring his wounds, he continued to fight, thus allowing the lesser wounded, to be evacuated, to safety. Soon, Staff Sergeant, Bender collapsed, as his own injuries proved fatal. Staff Sergeant, Bender's, extraordinary heroism and devotion, to duty, at the cost, of his life, were in keeping, with the highest traditions, of the military, service and reflect, great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States, Army. Headquarters, US., Army, Vietnam, General Orders, No., 1952. (June 3, 1969) Home Town: Columbus, Georgia
May 4, 2008
manny g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. “He which hath no stomach, to this fight, let him depart. But we in it, shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless you, for your Sacrifice!!!
Mar 2, 2008
Diane  H.
Today, is the anniversary, of the day, you gave your life, for your Country. I hope, your son has been contacted, by someone, that knew you, so he can, get the closure, he deserves. although, we never met, it is with, the deepest respect
Garnet Jenkins
Grateful American
Grand Junction, Co.
In Remembrance
Remembering, this Young Soldier, on his birth date, with a Multitude, of Thanks, for his Courage, Service and Dedication, to our Country and for Freedom. Rest well and know, that you will, NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I'am the sister, of such a young hero, who made the Supreme Sacrifice, in Vietnam, 1967.... They shall, grow not old, as we that are left, grow old. age shall, not weary them, nor, the years condemn. At the going down, of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. "For the Fallen" September 1914 ~ R.L. Binyon~
Mar 2, 2007
Remembering An American Hero
Posted on 3/25/14 - by Curt Carter
Dear SSGT Gernot Bender, sir As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned. May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you. With respect, Sir Curt Carter
We Remember
Posted on 11/23/13 - by Robert Sage
Gernot is buried at Alter Friedhof, Giessen, Biebener Landkreis,Hessen,Germany. DSC PH
Salute from a 25th Inf Div Veteran
Posted on 3/25/12 - by Ed Cardon
No words of mine can add to what has already been said about your actions for which you were honored. Courage and Honor are never out of season. Your bravery will be told as long as warriors commemorate their heroes. May the Lord grant you and your family, the peace which we all hope to find when we are called to our Maker
thank you
Posted on 4/23/03 - by Timothy Kaupp
As a fellow American I would like to express my foremost gratitude to your profound sacrifice towards the service of America. I am a high school student in Gridley, Illinois, and am doing a project on the virtual wall. I have the greatest respect for soldiers such as you, who fight for the cause of others. Your selfless acts will never be forgotten by Americans.

IN Olsen, David O, SGT 547
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Apr 4, 2016
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