Gerald Donald HooverSergeant
B CO, 1ST BN, 8TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
17 December 1939 - 22 May 1966
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Sergeant Hoover, you were in Gerry's platoon. You may have even been his friend. On the day the Lord took you home, you were involved in operation Crazy Horse. Your platoon was ambushed by a reenforced NVA batallion. I've spoken to other men who told me that you broke from your platoon to inform the command group that your Platoon Leader LT Crum was dead. You got to them, and so did your message, and then they took you from us.
Mr. Hoover, I didn't know you. I do however know your battle, your bravery, your courage, and the freedom you gave me will not be wasted for one second. You were all so young, yet so willing to take on the responsibility of defending a nation.
Sergeant Hoover, I want to thank you for your sacrifice. I will do my best to let others know of your heroism.
"HONOR AND COURAGE"
In memory of Gerry Metcalf,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 8th Cavalry fought two bitter engagements in the Vinh Thanh Valley in May 1966. On 17 May the 2nd Battalion lost 19 soldiers, and on the 22nd the 1st Battalion lost eleven more:
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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 Jul 2006
Last updated 07/26/2006