Adame, Gilbert Jimmie, Jr., PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 0311, G Co, 2nd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (2/26)
Service Years
1967 - 1968
Foreign Language
Spanish

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1949
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Colton
Last Address
Colton, California

Casualty Date
Apr 07, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Montecito Memorial Park - Colton, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
48E 038

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1967, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), 3047
  1967, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), K/30471
 Unit Assignments
RTR, MCRD SD2nd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (2/26)
  1967-1967, 0311, RTR, MCRD SD
  1968-1968, 0311, 2nd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (2/26)
  1968-1968, 0311, G Co, 2nd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (2/26)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Battle of Khe Sanh
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  Honored on The California Vietnam war Memorial
  May 29, 2012, General Photos2
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Last Known Activity
VICINITY HILL 558, 4 KM W-NW OF KHE SANH AFLD 1968APR06-07
UTM grid reference is XD813431

Gilbert Adame was a member of Platoon 3047, K Co. 3rd RTR at MCRD SD, which formed on 14 August, 1967. I remember Gilbert as a tough, tenacious recruit. I went on with him to ITR at Camp Pendleton. Gilbert was from Colton, California In Apr 1968 the 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines, was holding Hills 558 and 861A west of the Khe Sanh Combat Base. On 06 Apr Golf 2/26 was tasked with patrolling a north-south ridgeline about 2 kilometers west of Hill 558. The company departed the Hill 558 position at 0700 and approached the crest at about 1100. Before reaching the crest of the ridge Golf 2/26 came under heavy enemy fire and was held in place through the afternoon but were withdrawn to Hill 558 before sundown. Golf 2/26 brought out their wounded and two of their dead, but were forced to leave six Marines on the battlefield. Air and artillery strikes were called in to cover the Marines' withdrawal. The Commanding Officer of 2/26 proposed, and the Regimental Commander approved, a two-pronged assault of the ridgeline for 07 May. Fox 2/26 departed Hill 558 well before first light in order to arrive at a line of departure north of the ridgeline. Golf 2/26 departed Hill 558 at first light in hopes of distracting the enemy from Fox 2/26's movement and to position for an assault from the east side of the ridge. Although the attack was planned for 1200, circumstances prevented the two companies from getting into position before 1400. On commencement, Golf was attacking into the enemy's line while Fox's flanking attack from the north was able to roll up their line. The northern two-thirds of the enemy position was captured, with the NVA withdrawing toward the southern end of the ridge. At that point, Fox was strung out along several hundred meters of the ridgeline and Golf was not able to complete an uphill assault against the southern end of the ridgeline before nightfall. Although 2/26 wanted to leave both companies in position through the night, permission was refused and once again the two companies withdrew to Hill 558, again forced to leave some of their dead behind. Once again, air and artillery fires blanketed the ridgeline. A battalion attack was planned for 10 Apr and executed as scheduled. When the Marines reached the top of the ridgeline they met no resistance - the NVA had abandoned their positions and retreated into the jungles to the west. What began as a patrol action had ended up as a major action which cost the lives of 26 Marines and sailors:
   
Comments/Citation
Service number 2350044
Tour start date 01/16/1968
   
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