Deering, Gale Edward


Rank: Staff Sergeant

Unit: F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 12-Aug-1945

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 31-Mar-1966

Start of tour: 6-Dec-1967

Incident date: 19-Aug-1968

Date of casualty: 19-Aug-1968

Age at death: 23

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Gale Edward Deering died from wounds received while commander of a military vehicle on combat operation when engaged hostile force in firefight.

Five Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SSG Gale Edward Deering
SSG Aldon Cecil Jones
PFC Edward Austin McKenzie
SP4 Salvador Joe Mendez
SP4 William Leonard Sandersen

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XU 732 078*

Place of interment: Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 48W (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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