Steven Henry Gerlach

First Lieutenant
Army of the United States
23 June 1945 - 26 March 1968
Marengo, Illinois
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Steven Henry Gerlach

16 Dec 2005


by a fellow soldier in the same unit in Vietnam.
03 Oct 2006


by his sister,
Barbara S. Swany
3330 Seminary Street, Alton, Ill 62002
04 Jan 2007

"Do you remember how we saw a flight of migrating birds in the autumn? They flew over the courtyard, yes, and then they disappeared. That was that, but somewhere in distant lands they are still flying. It is only because our eyesight is too weak that we can't see them. It's the same with people who die . . ."

Even though we cannot see you any more, dear Steven, you still fly in all our dreams. Our son, Steven, is named for you, and the whole Gerlach family thinks of you always.

From his sister,
Mary Jo Johnston
509 West Water Street, Kankakee, Il 60901

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Landing Zone "Incoming" was one of several fire support bases located along the ridgeline which overlooks the northern end of the Plei Trap Valley, about 15 miles east of the Cambodian border. On the night of 26 March 1968 LZ Incoming was attacked by elements of the NVA's 325C Division. The NVA succeeded in breeching the perimeter wire and capturing two of the artillery pieces which were then used against the US soldiers. Nineteen Americans are known to have died in the fight - 17 from the 3rd Bn, 8th Infantry; 1 from the 6th Bn, 29th Artillery; and one from Company A, 4th Engineers - 1LT Steven H. Gerlach of Marengo, Illinois.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Barbara S. Swany
3330 Seminary Street, Alton, Ill 62002

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 16 Dec 2005
Last updated 04/15/2007