Gilbert, Richard A, Jr., Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
2004-2005, 0311, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)/C Co
Service Years
2001 - 2005
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1978
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dayton
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jan 26, 2005
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Iraq
Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom
Location of Interment
Dayton Memorial Park - Dayton, Ohio
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Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
3rd Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
  2004-2005, 0311, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)/C Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2004-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
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Last Known Activity
Cpl. Richard A. Gilbert Jr. was killed Jan. 26 when the CH-53E helicopter in which he was riding crashed near Rutbah, Iraq.  An investigation found that the crew of the CH-53E became disoriented when weather turned bad, did not realize the helicopter was banking to the left, and flew the aircraft into the ground.  Twenty-nine Marines and one sailor also were killed.

The Marines lost from BLT 1/3 in the helicopter crash were:
1st Lt. Travis J. Fuller, 26, a native of Granville, Mass.
1st Lt. Dustin M. Shumney, 30, a native of Viellejo, Calif.
Staff Sgt. Brian D. Bland, 26, from Westion, Wyo.
Sgt. Michael W. Finke Jr., 28, from Huron, Ohio
Cpl. Richard A. Gilbert Jr., 26, a native of Montgomery, Ohio
Cpl. Stephen P. Johnson, 24, from Covina, Calif.
Cpl. Timothy A. Knight, 22, a native of Brooklyn, Ohio
Cpl. Timothy M. Gibson, 23, from Hillsborough, N.H.
Cpl. Sean P. Kelly, 23, from Gloucester, N.J.
Cpl. Kyle J. Grimes, 21, a native of North Hampton, Penn.
Cpl. Nathaniel K. Moore, 22, from Champaign, Ill.
Cpl. James L. Moore, 24, a native of Roseburg, Ore.
Cpl. Nathan A. Schubert, 22, from Cherokee, Iowa
Cpl. Matthew R. Smith, 24, a native of West Valley, Utah
Petty Officer 3rd Class John D. House, 28, from Ventura, Calif.
Lance Cpl. Brian C. Hopper 21, a native of Wynne, Ark.
LCpl. Jonathan E. Etterling, 22, from Wheelersburg, Ohio
LCpl. Fred L. Marciel, 20, a native of Spring, Texas
LCpl. Allan Klein, 34, from Clinton Township, Mich.
LCpl. Gael Saintvil, 24, a native of Orange, Fl.
LCpl. Mourad Ragimov, 20, from San Diego, Calif.
LCpl. Rhonald Rairdan, 20, a native of San Antonio, Texas
LCpl. Saeed Jafarkhani-turshizi, 25, from Fort Worth, Texas
LCpl Hector Ramos, 20, a native of Aurora, Ill.
LCpl. Darrell J. Schumann, 25, from Hampton, Va.
LCpl. Joseph P. Spence, 24, from Scotts Valley, Calif.
LCpl. Michael L. Starr Jr., 21, a native of Baltimore, Md.

Four Marines from HMM-361 also lost their lives;
Captain Paul Alaniz
Capt. Lyle Gordon
Staff Sgt. Dexter Kimble
LCpl. Tony Hernandez
   
Comments/Citation
As befitting a distant cousin of Harry Truman, Richard A. Gilbert Jr. dreamed of one day becoming president.  "He was a natural-born politician," joked his mother, Helen Gilbert.  "When you asked him a question, he'd talk for a half-hour and never give you an answer."  Gilbert quit high school before graduation, but got a GED and enrolled in Sinclair Community College as a political science major.  He enlisted in the Marines soon after the 2001 terrorist attacks.  His mother said after his return from Iraq he planned to run as a Republican for Dayton City Commission as a first step in a political career that he hoped would take him to Washington.  His father, Vietnam veteran Richard Gilbert Sr., said his son once wrote a school essay that called his father his hero.  "Turning that around, he was my hero and he was the bravest person I ever met," he said.  "He was a straight-headed kid and very intelligent.  I just can't believe he's gone."

   
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