Kenneth Dee GilmoreFirst Lieutenant
A BTRY, 1ST BN, 21ST ARTILLERY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
30 March 1939 - 31 January 1966
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The database page for Kenneth Dee Gilmore
A college friend of Lt. Gilmore from Abilene, Texas asked if I could find out the details of his death. As I researched it, I found that I was flying in support of Operation Masher/White Wing near Bong Son, RVN on the day Lt. Gilmore was killed. I have yet to find out the details but as one who lost other friends in Southeast Asia, I have formed a bond with Ken. God bless his family and thank you for your sacrifice, Ken.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual Wall1LT Kenneth Gilmore was killed in action during what became known as the "Battle of Cu Nghi", the first significant engagement in Operation MASHER. LT Gilmore probably was an artillery Forward Observer with one of the infantry battalions involved in the fight, which took place between 28-31 Jan 1966 in an area roughly 7 kilometers west of Tam Quan.
The Jan 2004 issue of VFW Magazine contains an article entitled "'Graveyard' at LZ 4: Battle of Cu Nghi" by Mr. Al Hemingway; in it Mr. Hemingway says
"During the three-day Battle of Cu Nghi (LZ 4), 77 cavalrymen were killed and another 220 wounded. Including the 42 men of A Co., 2nd Bn., 7th Cav, and the four crewmen, 10 helicopter pilots and seven Green Berets, the grand total came to 140 Americans killed. LZ 4 rated its reputation as the 'graveyard.'"Mr. Hemingway's "140 Americans killed" exaggerates matters, which were bad enough. According to the 1st Cavalry Division's After Action Report, 77 1st Cav soldiers were killed during the period 28 Jan-03 Feb inclusive, as Hemingway states. However,
Quibbling over the numbers, though, doesn't change the primary point: the fighting west of Tam Quan between 28 and 31 Jan inclusive was brutal and very costly to both sides.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 02 Aug 2008
Last updated 08/09/2008