Gorton, Jack Burt, Sgt

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1968-1968, 0311, 27th Marine Regiment
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1965 - 1968



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Home Town
Culver City
Last Address
Culver City

Casualty Date
May 17, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Los Angeles National Cemetery - Los Angeles, California
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62E 004

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1965, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
3rd Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (3/27), 27th Marine Regiment1st Marine Division, I MEF27th Marine Regiment
  1968-1968, 0311, L Co, 3rd Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (3/27)
  1968-1968, 0311, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
  1968-1968, 0311, 27th Marine Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1963-1973 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)/Operation Allen Brook2
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History of the 3rd Battalion, 27th Marines

From Every Marine, Robert A. Simonsen

17 MAY:
The morning began early for Marines both on Go Noi Island and at the 3/27 Cau Ha Base HQ. Col Tullis Woodham Jr, CO of 3/27, prepared his Co K, Co L and H&S Co to depart by truck convoy to the Go Noi area. On the Island, the Marines arose at dawn and headed off in a column with I/3/27 leading the way in a southerly direction with no defined objective.

Co I's leading platoon silently came into a small hamlet and surprised a small NVA force eating breakfast with several women, who were later identified as belonging to a medical unit. As the Marines opened fire, the enemy soldiers fled while the women screamed and vainly attempted to retrieve the NVA rifles from their hiding places and throw them to the fleeing soldiers. In a few moments the one sided fight was over with more than a dozen NVA killed and the women captured. They left packs and weapons behind, but did manage to send off a few mortar rounds to cover their retreat which wounded several Marines.

Shortly after the surprise contact, Co I started sweeping southerly looking for the remainder of the escaped enemy. They went thru some tall elephant grass and started crossing a dry river river bed in the Le Nam (1) area.
All of a sudden, all hell broke out! In a tree line to their front, a large NVA force lay hidden in fortified positions.
Deadly accurate snipers located in trees started picking out Marine targets while NVA machine gunners opened up with disastrous effect.
One Marine after another went down. Some were killed instantly, while others lay wounded in the open under the hot sun. The enemy left them alive knowing that the Marines would try to rescue them.

Several Marines did manage to cross over the river bed and took cover along the river bank. One of these Marines was PFC Robert Burke, a former mechanic turned grunt.
Burke exposed himself above the bank and, firing a machine gun, knocked out several NVA positions which allowed more Marines to cross over and rescue some of the wounded. Eventually, enemy fire killed Burke and he would later receive the Medal of honor posthumously.

Capt Ralph, CO of India, called his platoon leaders up to a position located in the elephant grass to plan a counter attack. As two of the Platoon leaders approached , the position came under fire and Capt Ralph, Lt Cummings and Lt Fiebelkorn were all killed.
First Platoon leader, Lt Thompson, took over Co I and did his best to call in air and artillery strikes and tried to organize his spread out troops.

During this time, Lt Col Barnard, CO of 3/7, attempted to flank the ambush site from the west with A/1/7 and his command group and ordered G/2/7 to move up and assist the beleaguered Co I. Both of these efforts failed and India was basically left to survive on their own.

In the mean time, the 3/27 truck convoy was diverted to the 27th Marines HQ, and Lt Col Woodham and the 27th Marines CO, Col Adolph Schwenk, decided to leave the trucks and enter Go Noi by helicopters.
The Marines landed south of the ambush site and Co K and Co L started to assault towards Co I's position.
Capt John Ernest, CO of Co L, led his company to the east and then north in an effort to evade a large stream.
Co K, led by Capt Joel Parks, found a small dam across the stream, and in single file crossed his troops over. Stiff enemy opposition slowed Co K, but they eventually drove off the NVA and linked up with Co I as darkness settled in.

30 Marines were killed (20 from Co I) and 68 were wounded from 3/27.
At around 1900 that night, control of Allen Brook passed from 3/7 to 3/27.
As the companies settled in for the evening, the 3/27 command group was situated in a rice paddy to the south, Co K and Co I remained in Le Nam (1) and Co L was to the east.
Co M, 3/27, was also alerted that they would fly into the battle zone the next morning to relieve Co I which had been virtually wiped out. The remaining 3/7 forces would also leave Go Noi Island the next day 

3/27 KIA's
Friday, May 17, 1968
ROBERT L BAUER, Pfc, Age 25, Port Huron, MI
LYLE P BILLS, Pfc, Age 19, Council Bluffs, IA
GHERALD E BLALOCK, Pfc, Age 19, Houston, TX
ROBERT C BURKE, Pfc, Age 18, Monticello, IL (Medal of Honor)
THOMAS H CROOK, Pvt, Age 22, Kansas City, MO
LANNY D CUMMINS, 1stLt, Age 25, Oroville, CA
MARCUS G FIEBELKORN, 2ndLt, Age 21, Pagosa Springs, CO
SHERMAN R FIELDS JR, Cpl, Age 20, Dallas, NC
JOHN A GIBSON IV, LCpl, Age 20, Chicago, IL
JACK B GORTON, Sgt, Age 21, Culver City, CA
ALLEN R GREEN, LCpl, Age 18, Hanley Hills, MO
ALBERT W HAWKINS, Pfc, Age 27, Columbus, OH
BERNARD M HIMES, LCpl, Age 18, Anita, PA
BENNIE R JONES, Pvt, Age 19, Jackson, TN
MICHAEL D KUHSE, LCpl, Age 21, Huntsville, AL
NATE F LEE, Sgt, Age 29, Hazleton, PA
FRANKLIN H METZKER, Pvt, Age 20, Hillside, MD
PHILIP D MILLER, Pfc, Age 18, Grand Junction, CO
THOMAS H RALPH JR, Capt, Age 27, Clifton, TX
DAVID L SCHETTL, LCpl, Age 21, Manitowoc, WI
VICTOR J SCHWEIG, Pvt, Age 18, Chicago, IL
QUENTON E SLOCUM JR, HM3, Age 21, Warren, PA
VINCENT J STAMATO JR, Pfc, Age 18, Philadelphia, PA
GEORGE THOMAS JR, Pfc, Age 20, Cincinnati, OH
RICHARD TURNER, Cpl, Age 23, Washington, DC
SYLVESTER G TYLER, Pfc, Age 19, Washington, DC
GARY L WALKER, Pvt, Age 21, Cudahy, CA
LARRY J WEST, LCpl, Age 19, Morenci, AZ
JACK L WHITE, Cpl, Age 23, Tacoma, WA
STEPHEN R YOUNG, Pvt, Age 19, Kennewick, WA
Serial Number 2118132
Start of Tour 1968-02-20
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