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ROBERT EDWARD GORSKE


is honored on Panel 10W, Line 75 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • The Florida-Times Union - May 27, 1970

    Posted on 2/15/18 - by Jim McIlhenney christianamacks@comcast.net
    LOCAL MAN KILLED IN CAMBODIA

    Army Warrant Officer Robert Edward Gorske, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Gorske of 8462 Linda Sue Lane E., was killed in action May 21 while flying a helicopter mission over Cambodia.
    A native of Ridgway, Pa., Gorske lived in Jacksonville for 15 years. He attended local schools and Florida Central Academy, Florida Junior College at Jacksonville and Florida State University. He was a member of San Jose Catholic Church.
    The young pilot had served in the National Guard for a year before enlisting in the Regular Army a year ago. He had been in Vietnam since Feb.1.
    He is survived by his parents.
    Funeral arrangements will be announced.
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  • The Florida Times-Union - February 27, 1970

    Posted on 2/15/18 - by Jim McIlhenney christianamacks@comcast.net
    LOCAL MAN KILLED IN CAMBODIA

    Army Warrant Officer Robert Edward Gorske, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Gorske of 8462 Linda Sue Lane E., was killed in action May 21 while flying a helicopter mission over Cambodia.
    A native of Ridgway, Pa., Gorske lived in Jacksonville for 15 years. He attended local schools and Florida Central Academy, Florida Junior College at Jacksonville and Florida State University. He was a member of San Jose Catholic Church.
    The young pilot had served in the National Guard for a year before enlisting in the Regular Army a year ago. He had been in Vietnam since Feb.1.
    He is survived by his parents.
    Funeral arrangements will be announced.


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  • Final Mission of WO1 Robert E. Gorske

    Posted on 8/6/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    Charlie Company of the 5-12th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, began humping toward Hill 428 in Cambodia on the morning of May 21, 1970. They had already been out in the thick, hostile jungle for well over a week. The grunts were tired, sore, hot, and homesick. The point was paralleling a high-speed trail that was going in the same direction. Word filtered back that they could not go forward another step. The jungle was too thick. The command came down to get on the trail. Charlie Company next walked into a near-perfect U-shaped ambush at the base of Hill 428. The warriors were outgunned and outnumbered from the very start. SGT Warren L. Scanlan Jr. and SP4 Donald G. Busse were killed in the first few seconds of the ambush. Sixteen other soldiers were seriously wounded within minutes. Calls for help were answered by the 199th Fireball Aviation which provided two harrowing resupplies over the canopy where Charlie Company was pinned down. Their UH-1 was riddled with over 50 bullet holes from NVA small arms fire. A third resupply was attempted from FSB Brown in an OH-6A “Loach.” As the small helicopter came to a hover over the canopy, hundreds of enemy rounds tore into the ship, stitching the helicopter from one side to the other. The Plexiglas front windscreen shattered with tremendous force and other parts of the body were ripped away from the fuselage. The grunts on the ground stared in awe as the helicopter dipped and the engine momentarily stalled, then restarted, gained a little bit of altitude and, like a smoking, wounded bird spiraling out of control, flew back towards FSB Brown. Within 500 meters of Brown, the tail boom suddenly came off the Loach causing it to nose-dive into the trees. There was a small explosion, followed by thick, black smoke curling upward through the jungle canopy. A sniper team from FSB Brown was the first to reach the crash site. They found no survivors. The lost crewmen included WO1 Patrick F. Crawley, WO1 Robert E. Gorske, and SGT Jon W. Rich. [Taken from issuu.com]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 7/4/15 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear WO Robert Edward Gorske, 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
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  • Take Care

    Posted on 7/24/12 - by Jerry Harrison fgharrison@hotmail.com

    I arrived in RVN with Bob and we hit it off well, since we were both from Jacksonville. When I would see Bob he was always smiling and happy about life. We lost a great man.

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