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CHARLES L KELLY

  • Wall Name:CHARLES L KELLY
  • Date of Birth:4/10/1925
  • Date of Casualty:7/1/1964
  • Home of Record:WARM SPRINGS
  • County of Record:MERIWETHER COUNTY
  • State:GA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:MAJ
  • Panel/Line: 1E, 57
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN

JOHN LUCIUS HOUSTON

  • Wall Name:JOHN L HOUSTON
  • Date of Birth:11/6/1941
  • Date of Casualty:7/6/1964
  • Home of Record:WINTER PARK
  • County of Record:ORANGE COUNTY
  • State:FL
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Line: 1E, 57
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN

GABRIEL RALPH ALAMO


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

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REMEMBRANCES

  • MSG Gabriel R. Alamo - Birthday Remembrance (99th)

    Posted on 11/19/17 - by kr
    The "Friends of Rocky Versace" remember CPT Roger Donlon's Team NCOIC for ODA-726, MSG Gabriel Ralph Alamo, on the day after what would've been his 99th birthday - 18 November 2017. MSG Alamo received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroic actions on 5-6 July 1964 during the attack of the U.S. Army Special Forces camp at Nam Dong.
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  • A Great Soldier....Great Warrior...Airborne All The Way....A Soldier's Soldier...

    Posted on 10/19/17 - by K
    We still remember you Msgt Alamo...
    God Bless You Always
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  • Final Mission of MSGT Gabriel R. Alamo

    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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  • Remembered

    Posted on 8/11/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR MASTER SERGEANT ALAMO,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN INFANTRY OPERATIONS & INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST.
    MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.
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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 6/21/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Master Sergeant Gabriel Ralph Alamo, Served with Detachment A-726F (Nam Dong), 7th Special Forces Group ( Airborne) 1st Special Forces.
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