Gerald Kirby
Private First Class
C CO, 1ST BN, 501ST INFANTRY, 101ST ABN DIV, USARV
Army of the United States
Houston, Texas
August 28, 1949 to July 22, 1968
GERALD KIRBY is on the Wall at Panel W51, Line 34

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Gerald Kirby

PFC GERALD KIRBY


Gerald Kirby

PFC GERALD KIRBY


Gerald Kirby

PFC GERALD KIRBY

 
26 Feb 2004

Gerald Kirby and I buddied up at the in-country new arrival training center for all Screaming Eagles, "SERTS" in Bien Hoa. We helped each other adjust to the new environment. What I remember most is that he had a great sense of humor. He joked around a lot ... and made me laugh. We were assigned to the same unit and took that terrifying first helicopter ride out to the bush together. We were assigned to different platoons, so from that time on we didn't get to see each other much.

The afternoon he was killed we were having lunch along a trail. A sniper made him his target. He survived only one month, we had hoped to do the twelve togeter. From that date on, I was never sure of my survival. I could only ask God to be with me, and do my best.

I regret that I do not have a photo of Kirby ... some day I hope to contact a family member of his to share what he meant to me. I will never forget him ... I live in his place.

Miss you, buddy.
Rick Bergquist
13002 Edwards Rd. La Mirada, Ca 90638
rbergquist@semprautilities.com


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