GARY P BLAND
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HONORED ON PANEL 2E, LINE 92 OF THE WALL

GARY PAUL BLAND

WALL NAME

GARY P BLAND

PANEL / LINE

2E/92

DATE OF BIRTH

08/18/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/22/1965

HOME OF RECORD

PEORIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Peoria County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GARY PAUL BLAND
POSTED ON 12.26.2021
POSTED BY: Robert Gannon

I will never for get you.

I was the one who back up your belonging to be sent home to your family. I remember the day you was killed, I through God takes the very best home first. I remember you not only as a very nice person but also a very spiritual Marine. You were a great of example of how we should all lead our lives

Sgt Robert Gannon 3th platoon C, co Email: rgannon13277&gmail.com
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POSTED ON 6.25.2021
POSTED BY: John fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us...
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POSTED ON 11.19.2020

Final Mission of LCPL Gary P. Bland

On September 21, 1965, Third Platoon, C Company from 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, consisting of two officers, twenty-one enlisted Marines, and one U.S. Navy personnel, began a twenty-two-hour reconnaissance of an area five miles west of Binh Son in Quang Ngai Province, RVN. The patrol, call sign “Delicatessen,” was inserted by helicopter and divided into three teams. They made numerous sightings of Viet Cong (VC), literally seeing them everywhere, including in villages, rice paddies, trails, and even in trees. The recon teams reported some made little or no attempt to camouflage themselves and walked about in the open complacently. The S-2 intelligence chief attributed the abundance of enemy personnel to the presence of at least one VC battalion and possibly a regiment-sized force operating in the area. On September 22nd, a little after 3:00 PM, Delicatessen was marching in a staggered column toward their extraction site when the point element was hit by a burst of VC fire. Radioman LCPL Gary P. Bland was killed and two other Marines wounded. They reported hearing a bugle sound, then were raked by automatic weapons fire from a nearby village. The platoon returned fire immediately with all weapons on automatic. The rear guard reported VC approaching and snipers in trees. The snipers were killed, and several bursts of automatic fire forced the withdrawal of four VC attempting to envelop the rear. Marine UH-1E gunships came on station and engaged targets while artillery fire directed by a Marine forward observer embedded with the patrol inflicted damage on the enemy. Delicatessen was successfully extracted under fire with all its casualties. An after-action debriefing of the engagement reported seventeen VC killed by platoon rifle fire. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and Command Chronology, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, September 1965]
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POSTED ON 4.3.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR LANCE CORPORAL BLAND,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A FIELD RADIO OPERATOR. SEMPER FI. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. MANY OF US HAVE BEGUN OUR JOURNEY TO EASTER. AND YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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POSTED ON 9.22.2015
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LCPL Gary Paul Bland, 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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