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BRIAN JAMES GAUTHIER


is honored on Panel 2E, Line 35 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 11/20/18 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear Cpl Brian Gauthier,
    Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. Your 74th birthday is in 2 days (which is also Thanksgiving) - happy birthday. Happy Thanksgiving. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Cousin From New Rleans, Louisiana

    Posted on 8/13/18 - by Ronald Scallan ronaldscallan@gmail.com
    Your Mom Penny Scallan Gauthier is my dads half sister from Mansura, Louisiana.
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  • Navy Cross Citation

    Posted on 7/11/18 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Brian James Gauthier

    DATE OF BIRTH: 22-Nov-44

    HOME OF RECORD:
    Mansura, Louisiana

    Navy Cross
    AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
    DURING Vietnam War
    Service: Marine Corps
    Rank: Corporal
    Battalion: 1st Battalion
    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
    GENERAL ORDERS:
    Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
    CITATION:
    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Brian James Gauthier (MCSN: 2007664), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Marine Rifle Squad Leader with Company A, First Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in the Republic of Vietnam during the early morning of 11 July 1965. While moving to an ambush position, eight miles southwest of DaNang, Corporal Gauthier's squad suffered heavy casualties from the detonation of an enemy mine and subsequent secondary explosions. Shortly thereafter his unit came under Viet Cong fire from several directions. Although wounded by the initial blast, he persistently refused medical aid until all of the casualties had been treated, meanwhile reorganizing his squad, establishing a defensive perimeter around the wounded, and directing fire against the enemy. During this time a helicopter attempted to evacuate the casualties but was driven off by intensive enemy machine gun fire. For a period of over two hours he continued to shout encouragement and direction to his men until he succumbed to his wounds. Corporal Gauthier's gallant leadership, indomitable fighting spirit, and inspiring devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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  • An American Hero

    Posted on 7/10/18 - by Janice Current janlc75150@yahoo.com
    Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. You gave everything you had to give. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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  • So much honor in a name

    Posted on 4/28/16 - by Sara Agler aglers@yahoo.com
    Brian served in Vietnam with my father. According to my dad Brian was one of the few true friends he's ever had. Growing up I heard all about this wonderful man and hero. My dad always regretted not naming his son after Brian. At the age of 18 I promised to name my 1st born son Brian James in his honor. My only child, Brian James is now 17 years old and has always had great pride in knowing the hero he was named for. Thank you Brian for the greatest sacrifice you could have made & showing us the true definition of bravery & hero. You are not forgotten.
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