Gassaway, Ambrose


Rank: Specialist 4

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

MOS: 11B – Infantryman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 31-Jul-1949

Hometown: Fisher, Louisiana

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 25-Mar-1968

Start of tour: 21-Aug-1968

Incident date: 4-Jul-1969

Date of casualty: 4-Jul-1969

Age at death: 19

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Ambrose Gassaway was killed while a crew member of a military vehicle on a combat operation when a hostile force was encountered. / Driver on Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle (ACAV) on combat mission. Engaged hostile force in firefight.

Three Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SP4 Ambrose Gassaway
SP4 Raymond Lee Pirrman
SFC Jimmy Don West

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XU 633 101

Place of interment: New Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery, Many, Louisiana, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 21W 059 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)