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  • Date of Birth:12/22/1947
  • Date of Casualty:6/19/1969
  • Home of Record:SPEARMAN
  • County of Record:HANSFORD COUNTY
  • State:TX
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:22W, 85
  • Casualty Province:TAY NINH


  • Date of Birth:1/1/1935
  • Date of Casualty:6/19/1969
  • Home of Record:BEDFORD
  • County of Record:TRIMBLE COUNTY
  • State:KY
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:FSGT
  • Panel/Line:22W, 86
  • Casualty Province:THUA THIEN


is honored on Panel 22W, Line 85 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • CPT Gary W. Carlson - Birthday Remembrance (72d)

    Posted on 6/28/17 - by kr
    The “Friends of Rocky Versace” remember one of Rocky’s fellow alumni from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, CPT Gary William Carlson, on what would’ve been his 72d birthday - 28 June 2017.
  • CPT Gary W. Carlson - USMA Graduate

    Posted on 3/20/16 - by kr
    CPT Gary William Carlson was an alumnus of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. He was one of 335 men from West Point who died or are MIA in Southeast Asia/Indochina during the period October, 1957 – September, 1972. “Well done; Be thou at peace.”

  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 1/15/13 - by Curt Carter

    Dear Captain Gary William Carlson, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you 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. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.

    With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.

    Curt Carter (son of Sgt Ardon William Carter, 101st Airborne, February 4, 1966, South Vietnam)

  • Photo

    Posted on 12/28/12

    (Photo Credit: David Olsen)

    Rest in peace with the warriors.

  • Distinguished Service Cross Citation

    Posted on 6/19/12 - by A Vietnam Vet.

    Distinguished Service Cross

    Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Armor) Gary William Carlson, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Troop C, 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division. Captain Carlson distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 19 June 1969 as troop commander during a reconnaissance-in-force operation. When the troop came under fire from a well-concealed enemy force, he immediately led his men in an assault on the hostile fortifications. Realizing that the crossfire was impeding the movement of his troop, he single-handedly assaulted and destroyed the most strategic hostile position. He then directed his fire against another enemy position, silencing it with hand grenades and rifle fire. Spotting a wounded comrade lying exposed to the enemy barrage, Captain Carlson braved the fusillade to move the man to safety. He then returned to the center of conflict to evacuate another casualty. As he returned to his vehicle, he was knocked to the ground by a rocket-propelled grenade which rendered his command vehicle inoperative. Braving a hail of fire to reach another vehicle, he resumed control of his troop. It was while he was directing this assault on the enemy that he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. Captain Carlson'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.

    General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 3274 (August 23, 1969)

    Action Date: June 19, 1969

    Service: Army

    Rank: Captain

    Company: Troop C, 3d Squadron

    Regiment: 4th Cavalry Regiment

    Division: 25th Infantry Division

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