Gary Aldrich
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Gary Aldrich

NAME

Gary Norman Aldrich

HOME OF RECORD

Erie

DATE OF BIRTH

01/05/1949

STATE

PA

DATE OF DEATH

May 1, 2021

BRANCH OF SERVICE

Marine Corps

INDUCTION YEAR

2023

Biography

LCPL Gary N Aldrich served proudly in the USMC, 3rd Marine Division earning his rank of LCPL on 9/5/69 at Camp Pendelton, CA. Gary joined the Marine Corps after graduating high school in 1967 along with his brother Bill. Gary volunteered to go to Vietnam, his brother Bill went to the Phillapines the same year. Gary, along with his brother Bill went to boot camp in Parris Island, SC in 1967 then camp LeJuene, NC, lastly at Camp Pendleton, CA in 1968, Vietnam 1969-1970. Medals received include the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. Gary and his wife, Jackie, were married on 6/24/72 after 2 years of engagement. Married for "49" years, proud father of 2 children, Heidi & Todd, also 3 grandsons, Corey, Gaven & Grady. One Great Granddaughter, Zoey, who he didn't get to meet, born 5 months after his death. Gary lost his last battle to Agent Orange on May 1, 2021 due to over 40 years of ischemic heart disease. Relating to his disability having his 1st open heart surgery at age 32 then 2nd heart surgery 10 years later at age 42. Also, had type 2 diabetes and PTSD.