GILBERT MENDOZA
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HONORED ON PANEL 50E, LINE 50 OF THE WALL

GILBERT MENDOZA

WALL NAME

GILBERT MENDOZA

PANEL / LINE

50E/50

DATE OF BIRTH

01/22/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/19/1968

HOME OF RECORD

EL MONTE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Los Angeles County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GILBERT MENDOZA
POSTED ON 1.22.2022
POSTED BY: Donna Moore

Happy Heavenly Birthday

You will forever remain in our hearts and prayers
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POSTED ON 9.18.2021

Final Mission of PFC Gilbert Mendoza

In April 1968, the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, was placed at Ca Lu Combat Base on National Highway QL- 9 in Quang Tri Province, RVN, and assigned responsibility for securing the highway from Khe Sanh Combat Base to the coast. Golf Company, 2/9, under 3/1 control, provided the battalion extra military capability and were placed at bridges along the route. On the morning of April 18th, a squad (reinforced) from 2nd Platoon, Golf 2/9, positioned at Bridge 28 reported contact with North Vietnamese Army (NVA) forces. The remainder of 2nd Platoon, Golf 2/9, accompanied by two tanks, moved out from Ca Lu to reinforce them and exploit the contact. When they arrived on scene, they found the NVA in well-concealed bunkers along the sides of a heavily vegetated ravine running north from the bridge. While the NVA had a fair field of fire against the bridge and both approaches to it, the Marines could bring only glancing fires against the bunkers. At 10:25 AM, a five-truck convoy of B Battery, 1/11 artillerymen from Khe Sanh attempted to run the gauntlet across Bridge 28. All five vehicles were hit by enemy fire resulting in numerous personnel killed and wounded. The artillerymen became stranded and engaged by fire from the ravine, and Golf 2/9 suffered heavy casualties attempting to extricate the dead and wounded from the convoy. On April 20th, Mike Company, 3/1 was helilifted onto the high ground north of the enemy positions and assault down the ravine. Golf 2/9 coordinated supporting fires on the enemy positions, and by nightfall, enemy fire had been reduced enough to allow movement across Bridge 28. By noon of the 22nd, QL-9 was declared open to traffic. A total of twenty-nine NVA had been killed versus twenty-five Marines. The Marines lost during the three-day fight at Bridge 28 included (B Battery, 1/11): CPL William Adams Jr., LCPL Donald R. Allen, and PFC Gilbert Mendoza; (Mike 3/1) CPL Don E. Davis, CPL Robert C. Hawes, LCPL Alexander Chisolm, LCPL John M. Vaughn, PFC Kent R. Bolter, PFC John L. Czechowski, PFC Eugene Harris, PFC Francis X. Kane, PFC Charles J. Rachon, and PFC Edward E. Whalen; (Golf 2/9) CPL Lawrence J. Snyder, CPL James D. Craft, LCPL Tomas Gonzales, LCPL Michael D. Padilla, LCPL Thomas J. Worley, LCPL William P. York, PFC Lee C. Adams, PFC Michael J. Caporale, PFC Neil H. Exum, PFC Andrew J. Payne, PFC Scott A. Wright, and PFC Lewis J. Young. [Taken from virtualwall.org and “Command Chronology (3rd Bn, 1st Marines) April 1968” at ttu.edu]
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POSTED ON 9.24.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Gilbert Mendoza, Thank you for your service as a Field Artillery Cannoneer. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is another autumn. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 6.26.2019
POSTED BY: Michael Beckdolt (B/1/12 Assoc. 1965-1969)

USMC Museum Engraved Memorial Brick

At our June 2019 Bravo Battery, 12th Marines (Vietnam 1965-1969) reunion in Nashville TN... our membership voted to purchase 12 engraved Memorial Bricks to honor our KIA's... I purchased your brick on June 28, 2019 and it is scheduled to be placed at the USMC Museum WALK OF HONOR in December 2019 in Quanico VA . It is our way to remember and honor your ultimate sacrifice... On a personal note.. We served together on the same gun, became friends and I will always remember the sacrifices you, William Adams Jr and Donald Allen made of April 19, 1968.. SEMPER FI Marine (www.bravoartillery.org)
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POSTED ON 4.19.2019
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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