Gay, Walter, MSG

Quartermaster Corps (Enlisted)
 
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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



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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
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Quartermaster

 

 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


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
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 Countries Deployed To or Visited

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1970, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Training Brigade (Fort Dix, NJ), A/3
  1970, 2nd Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Ord, CA), C1
 Unit Assignments
23rd Infantry Division (Americal)198th Light Infantry Brigade1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment75th Ranger Regiment
123rd Aviation BattalionFirst Army (1st Army)3rd Infantry Division3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans)
Special Troops Battalion, 101st Division 133rd Engineer Battalion76th Infantry DivisionRetired Reserve
187th Infantry Brigade94th Regional Readiness Command167th Support Group13th Support Brigade
1st Infantry Division
  1970-1971, 11B10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1970-1971, 11B10, 198th Light Infantry Brigade
  1970-1971, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment
  1971-1971, 11B10, 75th Ranger Regiment
  1971-1971, 11B10, 123rd Aviation Battalion
  1971-1973, 11B10, First Army (1st Army)
  1973-2006, 11B10, 3rd Infantry Division
  1976-1977, 11B10, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans)
  1976-1977, 11B10, Special Troops Battalion, 101st Division
  1977-1989, 92Y, 133rd Engineer Battalion
  1989-1990, 11B10, 76th Infantry Division
  1989-2010, 92Y, Retired Reserve
  1991-1993, 92G, 187th Infantry Brigade
  1993-2002, 92Y, 94th Regional Readiness Command
  2002-2006, 92Y, 167th Support Group
  2003-2005, 92G, 167th Support Group
  2004-2005, 92G, 13th Support Brigade
  2004-2005, 92G, 1st Infantry Division
  2005-2005, 92Y, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Consolidation I Campaign (1971)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Consolidation I Campaign (1971)
  1976-1976 Training Exercise - Reforger '76
  1990-1990 Gulf War/Defense of Saudi Arabia
  2000-2000 North American Blizzard Relief
  2003-2010 Camp Speicher, Tirkrit, Iraq
  2004-2004 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)
 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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Reflections on MSG Gay's US Army Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE ARMY?
MSG Walter Gay (Walt) - Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Army?
I joined the US Army in Mar 1970, due to an overwhelming decision on my part. My career path at that point was knowing I was going to Vietnam as a Infantryman Grunt.
WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK. WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR LEAVING?
MSG Walter Gay (Walt) - Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
In my earlier years it was as 11B Infantryman Grunt, Rifleman, asst M60 MG, and Aerial Door Gunner. In VIETNAM from 9 Sept 1970 through 8 Apr 1971 with Co B 1st Bn 6th Inf, 198th LT Inf Bde, 23rd Inf Div (Americal Div) and Co A, 123rd ABN (Peligans) 23rd Inf Div (Americal Div) from 25 Apr 1971 thru 9 Sep 1971

Later on in my years in MOS: 92Y50 as Senior Supply Logistical NCO Field as MSG E8, from 1978 through 2005, while serving with HQs 167th CSG,During Operations IRAQI Freedom II, and during Task Force Danger, FOB Speicher, TIKRIT, IRAQ.
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH WERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TO YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY.
MSG Walter Gay (Walt) - If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.
My combat operations in VIETNAM were during Counter Offensive Phase VII, and Consolidation 1, from 9 Sept 1970 through 8 Apr 1971 with Co B 1st Bn 6th Inf, 198th LT Inf Bde, 23rd Inf Div (Americal Div) and with Co A, 123rd Avn Bn (Peligans) from 25 Apr 1971 thru 8 Sep 1971 while serving in the Republic of Chulie, Vietnam.

My Combat operation during Operation IRAQI Freedom II, and during Operations Task Force Danger, was while serving with HQ 167th CSG under direct Logistical support to the 1st Inf Div, on FOB Speicher, TIKRIT, IRAQ from from Mar 2004 through Nov 2004.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE SERVICE, INCLUDING COMBAT, DESCRIBE THE PERSONAL MEMORIES WHICH HAVE IMPACTED YOU MOST?
MSG Walter Gay (Walt) - From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
I have many good memories of my service career, but the ones that stand out is my service in Vietnam with Co B 1st Bn 6th Inf, third Platoon, (Dirty Heard) from 9 Sep 1970 through 25 Apr 1971. With the likes of SP4 Karl Arnold, SGT Dennis Lynn, SGT Ray Mendez, and SGT Ray Tyndall, and 1LT Henry Schutz,III, and SP4 Dick Kurtenback and SP4 Billy Jackson, SP4 George Leger, and SP4 Darrel Kibbee, SGT Gorden Magalis, SP4 Dwight Syverson, SP4 Tim Sullen and SGT Tom Schrock, SP4 Gene Arnspiger, SP4 Dave Underwood, and others of the 3rd platoon.
WHAT ACHIEVEMENT(S) ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF FROM YOUR MILITARY CAREER? IF YOU RECEIVED ANY MEDALS, AWARDS, FORMAL PRESENTATIONS OR QUALIFICATION BADGES FOR SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT OR VALOR, PLEASE DESCRIBE HOW THESE WERE EARNED.
MSG Walter Gay (Walt) - What achievement(s) are you most proud of from your military career? If you received any medals, awards, formal presentations or qualification badges for significant achievement or valor, please describe how these were earned.
My CIB is my most important Military award, it was earned in Vietnam while serving with Co B 1st Bn 6th Inf, 198th LT Inf Bde, for combat operations while under fire and hostile operations received on effective date of 13 Oct 1970, Special Order Number #329 dated 17 November 1970.
OF ALL THE MEDALS, AWARDS, FORMAL PRESENTATIONS AND QUALIFICATION BADGES YOU RECEIVED, OR ANY OTHER MEMORABILIA, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH ARE THE MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND WHY?
MSG Walter Gay (Walt) - Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or any other memorabilia, please describe those which are the most meaningful to you and why?
CIB, earned for Combat operations under hostile fire while serving in Vietnam.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
MSG Walter Gay (Walt) - Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
LTC Gavin Heater, S-4 Section Supply Officer, with HQs 167th CSG, during Operations IRAQI Freedom, under direct Logistical Support to the 1st Inf Div. During Operation Task Force Danger, at FOB Speicher, Tikrit, IRAQ for his Leadership and Logistical knowledge..
CAN YOU RECOUNT A PARTICULAR INCIDENT FROM YOUR SERVICE WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FUNNY AT THE TIME, BUT STILL MAKES YOU LAUGH?
MSG Walter Gay (Walt) - Can you recount a particular incident from your service which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
Yes, I had many laughs with the members of the S-4 Section while serving in IRAQ. And CW4 Tom Dailey was always there to support the section members and make them laugh with his jokes.
WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU FOLLOW AFTER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING, WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY?
MSG Walter Gay (Walt) - What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
I retired as MSG E-8 , PDRL, on, 5 Mar 2010 from the US Army.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
MSG Walter Gay (Walt) - What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
CIB Association, the honor to serve with CIB Infantry Solders that served in all combat wars both WWI and WWII, Korea War, Vietnam War and the War in IRAQ. And the 23 Infantry Div (Americal Division) Veterens Life Time Member, For serving with Co B 1st Bn 6th Inf (3rd Platoon Dirty Heard), 198th LT Inf Bde, 23rd Inf Div (Americal Div) in Chulie, Republic of Vietnam. From 9 Sep 1970 thru 8 Sep 1971.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS SERVING IN THE MILITARY INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU HAVE APPROACHED YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER? WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT YOUR TIME IN THE SERVICE?
MSG Walter Gay (Walt) - In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
The military has given me the leadership, morale, courage and selfless service in my sacrifice to my Country during my service to my Country, My Quote is: "Mission First, But Solders Always". Duty, Honor, and Country.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE ARMY?
To all Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, and Coast Guard Members still serving there Country; GOD BLESS YOU ALL. Thanks for your service to your Country, the Good Old USA.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
MSG Walter Gay (Walt) - In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
TWS and the US Army
Members and Staff of Together We Served; Thank You all for putting this together. This is the best site ever to be able to stay in contact with service members that you served with. Thanks again.

DB 7/7/2016

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