GILBERT G PALACIO
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HONORED ON PANEL 25W, LINE 14 OF THE WALL

GILBERT GONZALES PALACIO

WALL NAME

GILBERT G PALACIO

PANEL / LINE

25W/14

DATE OF BIRTH

09/13/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/06/1969

HOME OF RECORD

SAN ANTONIO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Bexar County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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LEFT FOR GILBERT GONZALES PALACIO
POSTED ON 3.16.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt Gilbert Palacio, Thank you for your service as an Infantry Operations & Intelligence Specialist with the 1st Cavalry. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is Lent, and winter will end soon. 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 8.1.2018

Attack on Camp Carolyn – May 6, 1969

In the early morning hours of May 6, 1969, Camp Carolyn, a remote U.S. artillery base near the Cambodian border in Tay Ninh Province, RVN, was attacked by an estimated 300 North Vietnamese Army regulars who charged out of the bamboo forest surrounding the camp in a desperate attempt to overrun the position. The NVA broke through the barbed wire defenses at two points and occupied and held six of the perimeter bunkers and one of the gun positions for nearly two hours. The assault was preceded by a heavy barrage of rocket and mortar fire. After penetrating the perimeter, the enemy ran at the American bunkers, hurling grenades and satchel charges and firing AK-47’s. The force of the attack drove out the U.S. soldiers, and the dugouts were immediately occupied by the NVA. The charge was stopped when the Americans shot holes into the fuel drums near the bunkers and ignited flowing rivers of gas to create a flaming barrier, which effectively blocked further enemy penetration. From that point, the Americans counterattacked with all available personnel, the officers involved being killed at the head of their troops. Artillerymen, supply and signal personnel, and engineers fought and died as emergency infantry reserves. Their counterattacks were hurled against both enemy penetrations, but the most violent fighting occurred on the northern side of Carolyn, where a seesaw battle raged for possession of the 155mm howitzer position. During the course of the battle, this weapon exchanged hands 3 times in hand-to-hand fighting decided at close range with rifles and E-tools (entrenching tools, or shovels). Another light howitzer section was caught in an enemy crossfire between a heavy machine gun and rifles until the U.S. artillerymen managed to turn their lowered muzzle and pump “Beehive” flechettes into the enemy. All enemy automatic weapon fire against the howitzer was instantly silenced. As Cavalry counterattacks continued, the Americans reestablished the perimeter, and the enemy force began withdrawing, breaking contact at 6:00 AM. The action against Carolyn resulted in 10 U.S. killed, 62 wounded. Enemy losses were 101 killed and 29 captured. The lost Americans included 1LT Oliver A. Best Jr., PFC Richard J. Daley, PFC Paul J. Kronthaler, CPL Jackie R. McKenzie, CPL William L. Negrini, SGT Fruto J. Oquendo, SGT Gilbert G. Palacio, SP4 Foster L. Sonnier, SP4 Jose Soto-Concepcion, and CPT Joseph Woodard. Two weeks after the hard-fought defense, the U.S. abandoned the firebase. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “GI’s Bury 100 Enemy, Rebuild Remote Camp’s Defenses.” Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 7, 1969; other web sources also used]
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POSTED ON 5.6.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SGT Gilbert Gonzales Palacio, 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 7.16.2012
POSTED BY: University of Texas, San Antonio

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POSTED ON 12.10.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

Remembered

Remembered
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