HONORED ON PANEL 32E, LINE 9 OF THE WALL

DAVID RANDOLPH GIFFORD

WALL NAME

DAVID R GIFFORD

PANEL / LINE

32E/9

DATE OF BIRTH

09/28/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/16/1967

HOME OF RECORD

AKRON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Summit County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP5

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID RANDOLPH GIFFORD
POSTED ON 9.22.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed...
We feel lucky to have seen it.
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POSTED ON 9.13.2022
POSTED BY: ANON

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SP5 David Randolph Gifford is buried in Section 12, Lot 35, Grave 1 of the Hillside Memorial Park in Akron, OH.

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 9.28.2021
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Specialist Five David Randolph Gifford, Served with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 9.23.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 5.30.2021

Final Mission of SP5 David R. Gifford

On December 16, 1967, 1st and 2nd Platoons of A Company, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor were returning to their base camp at Cu Chi following an operation in the Iron Triangle area north of Saigon in Binh Duong Province, RVN. Personnel, equipment, and vehicles were queuing up on the Saigon River to ferry across on barges. The landing area on the west side of the river had not gone unnoticed by the local Viet Cong, and in an example of extraordinary resourcefulness and deadly initiative, a 250 lb. unexploded bomb was placed in the ground. The device detonated when an A Company, 2/34th M48A3 Patton tank moved into position for embarkation. The enormous explosion, believed to be command-wire improvised, pushed the 53-ton tank forward into the water and killed three crewmen. SP5 David R. Gifford and SP4 James C. Houghton had just dismounted the tank and were watching it get loaded. Few discernable remains of the two men were located, and they were placed in a missing status. Graves Registration personnel were later able to collect sufficient material to identify Gifford, and he was listed as recovered on December 26th. Several days after the incident, soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division moving through the area located remains that were correlated to Houghton, and his missing status was also changed to recovered on the 27th. The third man lost, SP4 Robert W. Cooper, was sitting on top of the turret right over the gun tube when the blast occurred. He was critically injured after being hit in the head by a large piece of debris thrown by the explosion. Witnesses at first thought he had only been knocked out as the wound left no mark on him; however, he died six days later in a military hospital. The disabled tank was pulled from the water by a tracked recovery vehicle equipped with a cable winch. It was pushed onto the barge and ferried across the river, and later towed to Cu Chi to the 5th Mechanized’s motor pool for repair. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by John Geary and Donald J. Cizmar (May 2021)]
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