DOUGLAS GAINES JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 43W, LINE 5 OF THE WALL

DOUGLAS GAINES JR

WALL NAME

DOUGLAS GAINES JR

PANEL / LINE

43W/5

DATE OF BIRTH

11/02/1936

CASUALTY PROVINCE

HUA NGHIA

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/16/1968

HOME OF RECORD

PERRY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Taylor County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DOUGLAS GAINES JR
POSTED ON 10.30.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear SFC Douglas Gaines,
Thank you for your service as an Airborne Qualified Infantryman. Your 82nd birthday is Friday, happy birthday. Happy Halloween. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 9.16.2018
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 1.6.2014
POSTED BY: Robert ( Bob ) C. Stephenson

I remember, another bad day in Nam

I was Sgt. Gaines RTO for about 4 months up until the day before the ambush.Sgt. Gaine's died in my arms as the Medic ( Doc Walters ) tried to save him as we were trying to land Medevacs, we could see them circling but we did not have a secure LZ whereas the enemy was still firing. It was a clear day, I remember telling Sgt. Gaines to look up and see the Medevacs and he would be ok.

Our platoon was ambushed and about 6 guys were killed , like our Plt. Leader Lt. Traylor, Randy Thompson and others. The platoon was doing a cloverleaf patrol, which we did a lot of.
Sgt. Gaines had replaced Sgt. Bolinger ( spelling?), Bolinger was wounded around mid May, that's when Sgt. Gaines came to our platoon.
I have PTSD and I still think about this event and others almost daily.
Sept. 16th, 1968 was another bad day.
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POSTED ON 10.26.2013

FIRST PLATOON SGT 82ND AIRBORNE

WHEN I FIRST MET SGT IN DOMICAN 1965 I WAS JUST OUT JUMP SCHOOL I WAS IN HIS PLATOON FROM PVTE2 UNTIL SGT. WE, WAS GOOD FRIEND I USE TO VISIT HIS HOME AND DRIVE HIS CAR I LAST SEEM WHEN I WAS LEAVE VIETNAM MAY 1968 HE, WANT ME TO COME ON DOWN TO HIS UNIT. I AM SO SORRY A GREAT FRIEND AND LEADER REST IN PEACE I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU THANK SGT EDWARD DYKES FOREVER.
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POSTED ON 9.16.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SFC Douglas Gaines Jr, 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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