Gilbert Howard MuncyLance Corporal
1ST PLT, L CO, 3RD BN, 27TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
31 May 1946 - 18 May 1968
Long Beach, California
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The database page for Gilbert Howard Muncy
To a wonderful young father of two who loved his children and his country but never lived to see the fruits of his labor.
He is now with us all.
We love you Gil !!
Thank you, God for letting Gil watch over us.
From one who remembers,
"I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above
From a friend,
I, too, am a Vietnam veteran, having served in the Army in Qui Nhon from September 1966 to September 1967.
I am wondering if Gilbert and I are kin, since we have the same last name. I am a descendant of Francis Muncy I, who came over to Massachusetts from England in the late 1630's.
Please have a family member contact me at email@example.com
From a long distance cousin?
Muncy, as I knew him, was a tough hard-core Marine with a big heart. We spent a day at Freedom Hill together chowing down on "real" food and enjoying the hospitality of the USO.
On 18 May during Operation Allen Brook he was mortaly wounded and died while trying to kill the sniper that had me pinned down in a ditch along a trail. His wound was virtually untreatable ... I was his Corpsman and helpless to save him. He will always be rememberd in my heart for his bravery under fire that day. His sacrifice is not forgotten.
"Greater love has no man than this,
Blessing to all his loved ones,
Rev. Karl Ostberg, Saugerties NY
A Note from The Virtual WallAt the beginning of May 1968, the Marines at Da Nang and the Communist forces in Quang Nam were in the midst of preparations to launch offense operations against one another. Reconnaissance indicated that Communist regulars were re-infiltrating into the Go Noi Island sector, about 25 kilometers south of Da Nang, outlined by the confluence of the Ky Lam, Ba Ren, and Chiem Son Rivers.
On 4 May, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, initiated a "clear and destroy" mission into the Go Noi area. Initial opposition was light, encouraging the Marines to press the issue. On 13 May 1968, elements of the 3rd Bn, 27th Marines, were airlifted into the area. On the night of 15/16 May, the Marines attacked across the Liberty Bridge. By 0900, 16 May, they were engaged with a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force occupying well prepared defensive positions. Over the next several days, 3/27 was in the thick of the fighting and sustained heavy casualties before being withdrawn late on 18 May.
The Marines inflicted a decisive defeat on the NVA force. The men of 3/27th Marines earned one Medal of Honor, two Navy Crosses, a half dozen Silver Stars, and numerous lesser awards during the period 13-26 May , but 71 men of the Battalion had died.
Six men from Lima 3/27 were killed on 18 May -
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 Jun 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009