DAVID L GARCILLE
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HONORED ON PANEL 3W, LINE 123 OF THE WALL

DAVID LEE GARCILLE

WALL NAME

DAVID L GARCILLE

PANEL / LINE

3W/123

DATE OF BIRTH

07/02/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/05/1971

HOME OF RECORD

LAKE CHARLES

COUNTY OF RECORD

Calcasieu Parish

STATE

LA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP5

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID LEE GARCILLE
POSTED ON 11.9.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp5 David Garcille,
Thank you for your service as a Construction Equipment Repairer. It is Veterans' Day weekend, what better time to honor you. 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 7.2.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Specialist Five David Lee Garcille, Served with Company B, 39th Engineer Battalion, 45th Engineer Group, 18th Engineer Brigade, United States Army Vietnam Engineer Command, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 12.17.2016

Final Mission of SP5 David L. Garcille

SSGT Gunter W. Scheu was a combat engineer and SP5 David L. Garcille a construction equipment repairer. Both engineers served with B Company, 39th Engineer Battalion. On July 27, 1971, their platoon was instructed by their company commander to conduct a reconnaissance demonstration to a new lieutenant that had just been assigned to their unit. Normally, this would have been done in the morning rather than late in the day. They chose a new stretch of road that had not been swept for mines that day though it had been travelled on earlier in the week. The weather was clear and temperature was over 90 degrees. Radio communication with headquarters was good, and at around 1500 hours they started south on a footpath from their bivouac. The plan was to go about 2 “clicks” (kilometers) and take a look at their next bivouac at Nuoi Lon, a very steep hill on the Batangan Peninsula in Quang Ngai Province, RVN, before turning around. This plan would assure that they got back to camp before dark. SP5 Garcille had point while the RTO (radio telephone operator), the new lieutenant, and others followed 50 yards back. Also along on the recon were some ARVNs in cases they needed to talk with the local population. Garcille had been in-country for a few months and this was supposed to be a "milk run." If they did have an ambush, the point would not be in the worst part of the kill zone. Since the company had not worked on building up the foot path into a road, they did not expect very many mines. Those that they had encountered previously had been simple improvised explosive devices constructed of conventional military explosives, but a few were powerful Soviet tank mines, or booby-trapped unexploded bombs up to 500 pounds. At about a click and a half, the trail came to a fork. Even though Garcille was instructed to keep left, he called SSGT Scheu up to confirm. Most of the enlisted men were carrying 10 pounds of C-4 (plastic explosive) except the point man, while Scheu and the platoon leader carried C-4 plus blasting caps and detonation cord. The group stopped while Scheu went forward to Garcille. Shortly after, a large explosion occurred. Garcille or Scheu had set off a mine and Scheu's C-4 and blasting caps created a much larger blast. The troops at the front of the column went to the point and reported that Garcille was badly wounded, but they did not see Scheu. The back of the column setup a security perimeter and scanned the tree line for snipers. Some began shooting at nearby peasants with M60s before they were admonished to stop by their platoon leader. A medivac (medical evacuation by helicopter) was called to take out the wounded Garcille. Because of the violence of the blast, very few personal effects of Scheu were found. At just past dusk the search for him was concluded when enough identifiable remains were retrieved, including a small handful of what was probably Scheu's M16. Garcille’s injuries were critical, and despite the best efforts of the platoon medic who worked on him in the field and the medical personnel at the hospital, Garcille died nine days later. A later sweep of the area revealed several more mines placed by the enemy. Scheu was posthumously promoted to Sergeant First Class. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Ron Tom (December 2016)]
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POSTED ON 11.14.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP5 David Lee Garcille, 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 5.29.2011
POSTED BY: Peggy Faust Stickroth

You are not forgotten David

It has been 40 years... It doesn't feel like 40 years. Forty years and I still miss you, think about you and look at your pictures often... You left us too soon....
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