DAVID J GAMBLE
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HONORED ON PANEL 16W, LINE 38 OF THE WALL

DAVID JOHN GAMBLE

WALL NAME

DAVID J GAMBLE

PANEL / LINE

16W/38

DATE OF BIRTH

07/29/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PLEIKU

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/06/1969

HOME OF RECORD

ELLWOOD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lawrence County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID JOHN GAMBLE
POSTED ON 10.30.2022

Attack on Landing Zone St. George – November 6, 1969

Landing Zone (LZ) St. George was a 4th Infantry Division firebase located eight miles southwest of Plei Do Lim Air Field in Pleiku Province, RVN. Thirty minutes after midnight on November 6, 1969, a large North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong force attacked St. George with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. Five minutes later, sappers penetrated the perimeter, tossing satchel charges in an attempt to destroy the howitzer section at St. George. Intense fighting ensued as the Americans’ 80-man complement engaged an enemy force estimated at ten-times its size. At 12:55 AM, the enemy was attempting to enter the south gate of the base. The Americans fought back with unit weapons and Claymore mines. The enemy combatants inside the wire were forced back to the west side of the base where they took refuge in a trench line. U.S. gunships and flareships came on station above St. George providing supporting arms and illumination during the siege. Scattered fighting continued until 5:30 AM. Enemy losses were placed at 40 dead against nine Americans killed and thirty-one wounded. A tenth aircrewman on a flareship died after an illumination device exploded in his face. The lost U.S. personnel included SP4 Charles W. Lowery, PVT Thomas A. Putman, SP4 Larry W. Robison, PFC William C. Ray, PFC Bradley J. Logan, SP4 Donald G Hedgecock, SP4 Raymond C. Foerster, PFC Ronald L. DeLong (posthumously promoted to Corporal), and PFC David J. Gamble (posthumously promoted to Corporal and awarded the Silver Star medal for bravery). SGT Gregory P. Rugenstein, a door gunner on a flareship, died the following day at the 71st Evacuation Hospital at Pleiku from blast and burn injuries. A memorial service was conducted the following day at LZ St. George in honor of its fallen defenders. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and militaryheritage.weebly.com; Image: A Polaroid photograph of the memorial service conducted on November 7, 1969]
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POSTED ON 9.26.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. Your Silver Star citation attests to your courage and devotion to your fellow soldiers. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us….
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POSTED ON 6.24.2021
POSTED BY: Cam Curry

Missed

My father, Clint Curry, held you in such high regards and missed you until the day he died. You must have been a great guy.
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POSTED ON 4.1.2021
POSTED BY: John Cross

cousin

Missed
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POSTED ON 11.4.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cpl David Gamble,
Thank you for your service as a Tactical Wire Operations Specialist. Your 49th anniversary is in 2 days, sad. 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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