JOSEPH GAMBINO JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 116 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH GAMBINO JR

WALL NAME

JOSEPH GAMBINO JR

PANEL / LINE

1W/116

DATE OF BIRTH

04/07/1949

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/07/1973

HOME OF RECORD

NEW YORK

COUNTY OF RECORD

New York City

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

1LT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOSEPH GAMBINO JR
POSTED ON 4.18.2016

Final Mission of 1LT Joseph Gambino Jr.

1LT Joseph Gambino Jr. was a Rustic Forward Air Controller assigned to the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB Thailand. On April 7, 1973, he was operating out of Ubon Air Base Thailand in an OV-10A (#67-14659) near Trapeang Veng, 50 miles northwest of Kampong Cham in Cambodia. 1LT Gambino was directing a strike on mortar positions when his aircraft was struck by .50 caliber gunfire from Khmer Rouge soldiers and crashed in flames. 1LT Gambino had served 209 days in combat. His body was recovered. [Taken from fac-assoc.org]
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POSTED ON 3.30.2016
POSTED BY: Bob Wilkerson, LtCol USAF (Ret)

So Long Ago, Dear Friend

Joe and I were UPT students in USAF UPT, Class 71-08 at Webb AFB, Texas, and we became the best of friends. His love of life and quick smile, along with many Friday and Saturday nights at the O club with him and our buddies are some of my favorite memories from pilot training. The war which took his young life was far away and seldom thought of while in training. He was a great friend, and I still miss his friendship after 45 years. May he Rest In Pease.
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POSTED ON 12.9.2015
POSTED BY: Ken Silver

Remembering Joe

Joe and I were Counselors in Training and Junior Counselors together at Camp Brooklyn (PaupacK, PA). He was a great, lively, easy-going guy. All of us really liked him--and I am so sad to see that he died on his birthday. I cried when I stood at the wall for my first time in the 1980s when I realized this. If any of his family members ever read this, please know that I and his buddies at Camp Brooklyn share your grief. I hope you are all well.
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POSTED ON 12.2.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear 1LT Joseph Gambino 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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POSTED ON 8.16.2012
POSTED BY: Stan Kapinos

Joe

Joe and I were in the same Boy Scout troop in the Bronx. He was older than me and was clearly one of our leaders. Even as a kid I knew there was something very special about Joe Gambino.



When I think of those sad years in Viet Nam I always think about losing Joe Gambino. How terribly sad this must have been for his family and what a loss it was for us all - not to have Joe as a leader in our world !

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