GERALD W MCCONNEL JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 57E, LINE 7 OF THE WALL

GERALD WAYNE MCCONNEL JR

WALL NAME

GERALD W MCCONNEL JR

PANEL / LINE

57E/7

DATE OF BIRTH

04/24/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/08/1968

HOME OF RECORD

MOSES LAKE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Grant County

STATE

WA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GERALD WAYNE MCCONNEL JR
POSTED ON 5.9.2019
POSTED BY: Harry Whitten

51 Years Seems like yesterday

My brother was the Team Leader on that fateful mission and died just a few hours later.
So many lives were lost and families still today grieving over that senseless war. I've said it before and will say it again. Politicians bow your head in shame for what you put these young men through and what you did to this Country.
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POSTED ON 8.3.2016
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of SP4 Gerald W. McConnel Jr.

On May 7, 1968, a long-range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) from E Company, 52nd Infantry, 1st Cavalry Division was inserted in the vicinity of Nui Bai Cay Tat Mountain, approximately 6 miles south Of Phong Dien, Thua Thien Province, RVN. That evening the LRRP team whispered over the radio that enemy soldiers were within range and there was a lot of movement, the size of the force uncertain but too many in the same area for the team to move. At 1234 hours on May 8th, a reaction force from 2nd Platoon, B Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry was airlifted to the area and instructed to link up with the besieged LRRP team after they reported being in heavy contact with the enemy. The reaction force came under heavy automatic weapons fire after getting on the ground, resulting in six U.S. wounded. The platoon succeeded in linking up with the LRRP team during the night. Continuous illumination over the battle area was provided by Air Force flareships. Helicopter gunships, aerial rocket artillery, and artillery were employed to assist the platoon throughout the night. The following day, May 9th, 2/B/4-31 remained in sporadic contact with the enemy. A Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry was combat assaulted into the area and was told to move overland to link up with 2/B/4-31. This was accomplished at 1044 hours. The members of 2/B/4-31 were extracted and moved to Camp Evans while A/4-31 continued operations against the enemy force. Two members from the LRRP team were killed during the battle, SP4 Gerald W. McConnel Jr. and SGT Robert E. Whitten. Four members from B Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry were also lost: CPL Jimmy R. Brown, CPL Terrance A. Kandler, PFC Russell W. Jarick (a medic from Headquarters Company), and CPL Jimmy R. Wheless. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vvmf.org]
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POSTED ON 4.8.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Gerald Wayne Mcconnel Jr, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 8.3.2011

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(Photo Credit: Randy Kimes) Rest in peace with the warriors.
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POSTED ON 5.12.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Gerald is buried at Pioneer Memorial Gardens in Moses Lake, WA. AM ARCOM PH
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