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GABRIEL RALPH ALAMO

  • Wall Name:GABRIEL R ALAMO
  • Date of Birth:11/18/1918
  • Date of Casualty:7/6/1964
  • Home of Record:LYNDHURST
  • County of Record:BERGEN COUNTY
  • State:NJ
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:MSGT
  • Panel/Line: 1E, 57
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN

LEONARD WAYNE LOCKARD

  • Wall Name:LEONARD W LOCKARD
  • Date of Birth:7/20/1944
  • Date of Casualty:7/10/1964
  • Home of Record:PIONEER
  • County of Record:WEST CARROLL PARISH
  • State:LA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP5
  • Panel/Line: 1E, 57
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN

JOHN LUCIUS HOUSTON


is honored on Panel 1E, Line 57 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Final Mission of SGT John L. Houston

    Posted on 4/22/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    The Nam Dong CIDG camp was situated 32 miles west of Da Nang in a valley near the Laotian border. It was manned by South Vietnamese personnel with American and Australian advisers, and served as a major thorn in the side of local Vietcong militants. The Battle of Nam Dong took place on July 5–6 1964, when the Viet Cong and PAVN forces attacked Nam Dong in an attempt to overrun it. The Viet Cong struck at the camp at 2:30 AM to achieve the element of surprise, and reached the outer perimeter where South Vietnamese special forces managed to hold out. MSGT Gabriel “Pop” R. Alamo, an advisor with the 7th Special Forces Group at Nam Dong, was picking off advancing enemy soldiers with his AR-15 rifle when he was wounded by small arms. Alamo was bleeding from a shoulder wound, but he disregarded the pain to stay at his post. He had suffered burns from his earlier efforts to save supplies from the burning Command Post, but ignored the injuries to remain at his post and do his job. Beside the ammo bunkers at the camp was a deep excavation the soldiers called "the swimming pool." From that depression in the terrain, another American, radioman SGT John L. Houston, hugged the dirt to rain automatic fire on the advancing enemy. He did his best to repulse the enemy's advance at the ammo bunkers. Houston would fire at them, then move quickly, fire again, and repeat the action. His effort was an attempt to convince the enemy that there was more than one man holding them at bay from that position. He died after being hit by enemy gunfire. Alamo was also killed after sustaining multiple wounds. Both men were posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. The battle would last for five hours when the Viet Cong decided to abort the mission, fleeing into the jungle at sunrise. At the end of the battle, a total of 373 allies (twelve American Green Berets, 300 South Vietnamese, sixty Nung soldiers, and a single Australian military advisor) held off deadly attacks against 900 NVA and Vietcong. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, wikipedia.org, and homeofheroes.com; the illustration by Larry Selman depicts American defenders using AR-15’s and mortar fire to repel the enemy. MSGT “Pops” Alamo leans next to the bunker, wounded badly in the fighting. From larryselman.com]
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  • GREEN BERETS LEGACY: JOHN L. HOUSTON IS REMEMBERED

    Posted on 3/24/14 - by Chuck Theusch
    The Battle of Nam Dong has led to a Legacy of Hope thanks to Col. Roger Donlon and the the guys who gave their lives on July 6, 1964.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/16/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT John Lucius Houston, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS TO SERGEANT JOHN LUCIUS HOUSTON

    Posted on 10/7/07 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM


    HOUSTON, JOHN LUCIUS
    Sergeant, U.S. Army
    Detachment A-726, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
    Date of Action: 6 July 1964

    CITATION:

    The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Lucius Houston, 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 Detachment A-726, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Sergeant Houston distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 6 July 1964 as a Radio Operator, serving with the United States Army Special Forces Detachment A-726 at Camp Nam Dong, Sergeant Houston demonstrated fortitude, courage, and determination when a reinforced Viet Cong battalion suddenly launched a full-scale, predawn attack on the camp. During the violent battle that ensued, lasting five hours and resulting in heavy casualties on both sides, he participated with outstanding effectiveness in defending the installation. As he was moving to his battle position, he noticed that one of his team members had been knocked down by an exploding mortar. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he rushed through a hail of small arms fire and exploding mortars, succeeded in reaching the unconscious soldier, placed him in a covered position, and stayed with him until fully recovered before proceeding to his battle station. After he had moved only a few yards and was slightly injured by an exploding mortar, Sergeant Houston pressed on toward a large mound of dirt which afforded him excellent observation and fields of fire. From this position, he single-handedly shattered the vicious enemy assault in his sector and annihilated many of the enemy troops. As the hostile forces retaliated with an intense grenade assault on his position, he again deterred the enemy action. Although his ammunition was running out, he refused to take cover, called out to a fellow soldier to throw additional rounds to him, and reloaded the magazine while exposed to the heavy enemy gunfire. Undaunted by the overwhelming onslaught, he remained in this dangerous position for over two hours to defend the camp and displayed his valiant efforts until mortally wounded by the enemy. Sergeant Houston'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.

    Department of the Army, General Orders No. 8 (March 9, 1965)



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  • FIGHTING SOLDIERS FROM THE SKY - THE BALLAD OF THE GREEN BERETS

    Posted on 1/23/06 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM


    FIGHTING SOLDIERS FROM THE SKY

    THE BALLAD OF THE GREEN BERETS


    by

    STAFF SERGEANT
    BARRY SADLER

    and

    ROBIN MOORE



    Fighting soldiers from the sky
    Fearless men who jump and die
    Men who mean just what they say
    The brave men of the Green Beret.


    Silver Wings upon their chest
    These are men, America's best
    One hundred men will test today
    But only three win the Green Beret.


    Trained to live off nature's land
    Trained in combat, hand to hand
    Men who fight by night and day
    Courage picked from the Green Beret.


    Silver Wings upon their chest
    These are men, America's best
    One hundred men will test today
    But only three will win the Green Beret.


    Back at home a young wife waits
    Her Green Beret has met his fate
    He has died for those oppressed
    Leaving her his last request.


    Put Silver Wings on my son's chest
    Make him one of America's best
    He'll be a man they'll test one day
    Have him win the Green Beret.



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