The database page for Gabriel Ralph Alamo
For My First Love
Dedicated To My Dad,
"Greater love hath no man,
My father was, as were many who gave their lives in Vietnam, an exceptional man. A man of honor and integrity, who believed in fighting for his convictions. And this is the lesson of our country's history, that the bravest and the finest are called to give all they have, and pay the ultimate price, that all our sons and daughters may remain free.
Do not ask about the political correctness of the war. Do not try to find the reasons for the battle. Only remember the great courage and integrity they display in choosing to accept the call. Try to emulate their character in your own life, pass their memory down to future generations, and save a secret place in your heart to reunite with them often.
Daddy, I think of you every day. You have three fine grandsons, Joshua, Jason, and Jacob. I strive to teach them to be great men of character, and point to you and the Lord as their role models.
Thank you for loving me.......I will never forget.
When You Are A Soldier
When you are a soldier, I will be your shield
When you're tired of runnin', I will cheer you on
I will be the one that you can cry your song to
When you're lost and lonely, I will hold the light
MSG GABRIEL R. ALAMO
KIA JULY 6 1964 DSC RECIPIENT
From his daughter,
It was the summer following my junior year in Wayne Senior HS, Wayne NJ, when MSGT Gabriel Ralph Alamo died in Vietnam...
I remember it well because he was the first soldier from our part of the state to pay the price for freedom in Vietnam...
It brought the war home with a jolt... It was no longer an abstract or a 6 PM news story about a stranger in a faraway place that didn't affect my life one way or the other.
It was about someone I might have known... It was a real person I may never have met, but I would remember his name and his story forever. The war had moved from the TV set into my mind and taken root.
Everyone assumed it would be over in a matter of months at most... but I wasn't so sure anymore.
I remembered his name when I raised my own hand to take the oath of enlistment four and a half years later... It still wasn't over.
I remembered his story when I left for SE Asia and when I returned, and when we pulled out of Vietnam in 1975 and when I visited the Wall in 1982, and I took a rubbing of his name in 1995 to carry to the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial when it was dedicated... and it still isn't over...
But if it ever is really over, I'll still remember the name and the story of Gabriel Ralph Alamo...
A Note from The Virtual WallGabriel R. Alamo entered the military before World War II and served with the 82nd Airborne Division during the war. After the war's end he completed a variety of military courses, finishing the Chemical Corps School in 1950, following which he served in the Korean War. He did overseas tours in occupied Germany and Japan, and eventually volunteered for and qualified in the Special Forces. In 1964, Master Sergeant Alamo volunteered for duty in Vietnam, arriving in late spring. He was assigned to Detachment A-726, based in Nam Dong, South Vietnam.
The hamlet of Nam Dong lies in a valley just east of the Laotian border and 32 miles west of the coastal city of Da Nang. Nam Dong was important for only one reason: it sat astride an infiltration route which connected to the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. A CIDG camp was established in Nam Dong, stiffened by the presence of a twelve-man Special Forces Detachment led by Captain Roger Donlon. Warrant Officer Kevin G. Conway, Royal Australian Army, was attached to the team, and Master Sergeant Gabriel Alamo was the senior enlisted team member.
At about 2:30 AM on the morning of 6 July 1964 the camp was taken under attack by two reinforced battalions, an attack which lasted until well after daybreak. Although the camp's perimeter was breached in several places, the South Vietnamese irregulars and the Special Forces troops held out - but at a very high cost. Most of the local force was killed in action, and so too were WO2 Conway, MSGT Alamo, and Sergeant John Houston.
All of the Special Forces personnel were decorated for heroism under fire - the Medal of Honor for Captain Donlon; posthumous Distinguished Service Crosses for MSGT Alamo and SGT Houston; four Silver Stars (including WO2 Conway); and five Bronze Stars.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial consists of one panel for each day of the year. The panel for 06 July carries six names:
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
Deborah Ann Alamo
8 Mar 2002
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 07/03/2003