Ronald Jackson Gebbie

Gunners Mate 3rd Class
United States Navy
17 June 1948 - 27 February 1969
Rochester, New York
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Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Ronald Jackson Gebbie

24 Jan 2008

I didn't know Ron, but my father and uncle grew up with him in the Irondequoit suburb of Rochester, N.Y. I went to same high school as Ron, West Irondequoit High, and I always remember walking by Ron's mural in the hallway by the entrance of the gym, thinking about how my dad used to talk about him. My uncle was closer with Ron than my dad was because my dad was a few years younger than them but says today that if Ron was still with us that he would be very close with Ron because of the Vietnam bond that they would of shared. My father was drafted three years after Ron was in the Navy. My dad and uncle never had anything bad to say about Ron. Just that he was a man's man. And a hero. R.I.P. Ron

From the son of a friend,
Ian McNeill

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The February 1969 NAVFORV History contains the following entry regarding two rocket attacks on the Navy facilities at Danang Harbor, north of the Marble Mountain Airfield:

Three sailors died in the first attack on the covered storage area, about 6 kilometers north of MMAF. The second attack probably would have caused as few casualties except for the lucky hit on LCU-1500, which was fully laden with munitions for transport to Dong Ha in Quang Tri Province. It was mostly the secondary explosions and fires which killed 20 sailors aboard LCU-1500 and YFU-78.

The 23 men were

  • LCU-1500, Assault Craft Unit 1, NAVSUPACT Danang
    • BMC Donald J. Fisher, Baltimore, MD
    • EN1 Bert E. Burton, Greenfield, IL
    • EM1 Cecil F. Bush, Bogalusa, LA
    • CS2 Marvin D. Avery, Warren, OH
    • RM2 David W. Hawryshko, Bristol, PA
    • GMG3 Ronald J. Gebbie, Rochester, NY
    • BM3 Donald M. Horton, Athens, PA
    • BM3 Ronald P. Yuhas, Shenandoah, PA
    • FN Joseph F. Burinda, Central City, PA
    • SN Bruno W. Demata, Milwaukee, WI
    • FN Charles A. Tavares, Fall River, MA
    • SA Craig E. Swagler, Endwell, NY

  • YFU-78, Assault Craft Unit 1, NAVSUPACT Danang
    • EN1 Earl T. Moore, Renovo, PA
    • QM1 Milton Shapiro, Palmdale, CA
    • CS2 Charlie M. Ellison, Kings Mountain, NC
    • EM2 Lyle D. Zacher, Spokane, WA
    • QM3 Earnest J. Buckelew, Arlington, TX
    • BM3 Daniel L. Overright, Bradley, IL
    • SN Melvin L. Sellers, Phenix City, AL

  • Supply Ops, NAVSUPACT Danang
    • BM1 Manuel Martinez, Taos Pueblo, NM
    • SN Thomas E. Adams, Topeka, KS
    • SN Theodore S. Hamner, Tuscaloosa, AL

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the son of a friend,
Ian McNeill

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Jan 2008
Last updated 01/25/2008