JERRY D GIESECKE
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HONORED ON PANEL 15W, LINE 70 OF THE WALL

JERRY DON GIESECKE

WALL NAME

JERRY D GIESECKE

PANEL / LINE

15W/70

DATE OF BIRTH

06/30/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LONG KHANH

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/18/1969

HOME OF RECORD

COMANCHE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Comanche County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JERRY DON GIESECKE
POSTED ON 3.15.2020
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Misadventure (Friendly Fire)

PFC Jerry D. Giesecke was an infantryman serving with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry, 199th Infantry Brigade. On the morning of December 18, 1969, PFC Giesecke was part of a platoon-sized a patrol conducting reconnaissance in an area eight miles southwest of An Loc Air field in Long Khanh Province, RVN. During the mission they located some unoccupied enemy bunkers on the south bank of the Song Nhan (river). The Americans set up inside the complex and soon observed six North Vietnamese Army (NVA) soldiers. They were taken under fire with small arms and automatic weapons. The enemy combatants fled to the west without returning fire and an artillery mission was called on their suspected escape route. The first rounds fell long and the lieutenant calling in the mission gave a correction. The next rounds hit the top of the canopy, exploding prematurely and sending shrapnel down on the U.S. position. Giesecke was critically wounded after being hit by metal fragments. More rounds came in as the lieutenant furiously transmitted “Check fire!” A medic and another trooper tending to Giesecke covered him with their bodies to shield him from further injury. Eight other Americans were wounded in the incident. A dust off (medical evacuation by helicopter) was called and the casualties were taken to the 93rd Evacuation Hospital at Long Binh. A sweep of the area located two NVA bodies along with two AK-47 rifles. Giesecke was posthumously promoted to Corporal. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Alton Newberry (February 2020)]
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POSTED ON 12.10.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cpl Jerry Giesecke,
Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Happy Advent. 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 5.27.2018
POSTED BY: David O'Keeffe

A childhood friend, a brother in arms

I grew up with Jerry Don. His family lived a block away in Denver City.They moved in 1964-5 and we lost touch. He was an all around great person. While living in Del Rio, I read a poignant article in the paper by his wife Janie. I called her and we had a nice visit. I will never forget Jerry, nor Kenneth Rucker, our classmate, also KIA in Vietnam. Rest now, your duty is done.
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POSTED ON 5.23.2016
POSTED BY: Janna Hoehn for a friend

He is remembered

I located his brother who told me that he was killed by friendly fire. He was in a fox hole on the outer perimeters of his fire base when it was being over run by VC and the Lt. in charge called in artillery as close as possible. An artillery shell landed on or near enough to Jerry's foxhole to kill him. I forget if he was there only a week or month when this happened. Very sad.
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POSTED ON 11.13.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL Jerry Don Giesecke, 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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