Zawadzki, Gerald David, Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 0311, H Co, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
Service Years
1966 - 1969
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Golden Dragon Certificate

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cleveland, OH
Last Address
Brooklyn, Ohio

Casualty Date
Feb 25, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Calvary Cemetery - Cleveland, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
31W 063

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), 3003
 Unit Assignments
RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island1st Infantry Training Regiment2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4), 4th Marine Regiment
  1966-1966, 0311, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island
  1966-1966, 0311, 1st Infantry Training Regiment
  1968-1969, 0311, H Co, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)/Battle of Fire Support Bases Neville and Russell
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 29, 2015, General Photos5
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Fire Support Bases NEVILLE and RUSSELL were west of Cam Lo, with NEVILLE the westernmost of the two.  In late February 1969, NEVILLE was occupied by Golf Btry 3/12 with Hotel Company, 2/4 as a security force.  Five miles to the east, FSB RUSSELL had Hotel and Mortar Btries, 3/12, and elements of 2/4 as a security force - primarily Echo 2/4, but also elements of H&S Company.  In the early morning hours of 25 Feb 1969 both bases were hit hard by NVA sappers - about 200 from the 246th NVA Regiment at NEVILLE and an equal number from the 27th NVA Regiment at RUSSELL.  In each case the attacks began with heavy mortar fire and supporting artillery fire from within the DMZ, followed by a ground attack clearly intended to destroy the artillery pieces in their gun pits.  In each case the enemy partially overran the base, and in each case the Marines drove them out again.  During the end of February the Battalion was responsible for the defense of FSB (Fire Support Base) Neville, FSB Russell, and FSB Alpine in Quang Tri Province. Surrounded by the NVA, FSB Neville came under attack at 2330 hours on February 24 with the enemy penetrating Company H defenses by an enemy sapper unit.  Sporadic fighting continued until dawn until the enemy withdrew into the mountainous terrain.  As the Marines on FSB Neville were under siege, at 0350 hours of February 25 the enemy launched an attack the Marines of Company E and Battery H, at FSB Russell.  Following a barrage of 82 mm mortars a ground attack was launched breeching the defensive perimeter under the cover of the mortar fire.  Firing RPG's and automatic weapons the attackers advanced in waves but were unable to completely overrun the Marines position.  The battle lasted thorough out the night until day break when the enemy withdrew.  When the sun rose, the Marines had over three dozen dead and 100+ wounded, while there were 61 enemy bodies inside the two perimeters - but the guns sustained no serious damage and were firing.

Cpl Gerald David Zawadzki was one of the KIAs.
   
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