John Gary GertschStaff Sergeant
E CO, 1ST BN, 327TH INF RGT, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
29 September 1944 - 19 July 1969
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The database page for John Gary Gertsch
John Gertsch was model soldier to his fellow "Tiger Force" brothers, fierce and sure in battle, quick with a laugh. Ready to teach a new guy the ropes, fearless in a firefight. He gave 100% all the time, and was recognized by his peers. 5 Silver Stars, Posthumous Medal of Honor.
From a "Tiger Force" veteran,
John Gertsch receives an award of the Silver Star in Vietnam.
A Note from The Virtual WallFour men were killed in the action described in SSG Gertsch's Medal of Honor Citation:
Staff Sergeant John Gertsch is buried in Northside Catholic Cemetery, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. While The Virtual Wall can neither verify nor deny the statement above that Staff Sergeant Gertsch was five times awarded the Silver Star, it is clear he received at least one award. The following commentary appears on another site, written by a soldier who served with John Gertsch:
"On June 1, 1969, John was ending his third consecutive year in Vietnam. ... Tiger Force was going back into the notorious A-Shau Valley and John knew his experience was badly needed. He decided to stay for this dangerous mission. While attempting to save the lives of some of his comrades, John was killed. In all, John Gertch was awarded 3 Army Commendation medals, 2 Silver Stars, 3 Bronze Stars, 3 Purple Hearts, and for his gallantry on July 19th, John was awarded the nation's highest honor..."
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a "Tiger Force" Vet,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 07/09/2005