Gerald Lee Crosby
June 20, 2014
I served with 1st squad, 2nd platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. The date of KIA approaches for members of our 3rd squad. The 3rd squad was wiped out on 'Ambush Purple' on June 28th, 1966.
SGT Price and I came over from Hawaii together as well as some other members of his squad, Harry Dyer, Carl Fell, Sgt Sheidt (RTO and FO from our mortar platoon), including some early replacements from February 1966. There were 12 men killed that night.
Once again as the anniversary date is near, the feeling of guilt is overwhelming.Thank you
On 28 June 1966 Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, lost twelve men in a firefight east of Bao Trai. They were:
Notices in the area papers showed: Three Md. Soldiers Killed in Viet Nam WASHINGTON (AP) - The Defense Department has identified three Maryland men as among those killed recently in Viet Nam.
Listed in its Friday report were Army Sgt Russell L. Price husband of Mrs. Virginia B. Price of Baltimore; PFC Gerald L Crosby, son of James M. Crosby of Rockville; and PFC Lawrence P. Lebrun, son of Mrs. Jeanne L. White of Havre de Grace.
No mention in Army Records of his mother still living at that time. His father was living on Horners Lane in Rockville, Maryland. PFC Crosby is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
- - The Virtual Wall, June 20, 2014
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