Gary Louis WaguespackPrivate First Class
B CO, 1ST BN, 12TH INFANTRY, 4 INF DIV
Army of the United States
13 February 1947 - 12 July 1967
New Orleans, Louisiana
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Gary Waguespack was my closest childhood friend before I moved from our neighborhood at 8 years old. He and I were inseparable. He taught me how to tie my tennis shoes, we built spaceships (boxes and our Dad's workbenches with bottle-cap knobs and switches) and thus traveled the galaxy together. He was a fine athlete. I last saw him as our respective high school track teams were working out at the NORD track near the waterworks.
I was devastated when I heard of his death in Viet Nam and attended his funeral. Even though our paths diverged after our "small kid days," I recognized that an exceptionally talented person was lost to this world.
I still think of my childhood buddy and the fun we shared together.
From a friend,
REMEMBEREDby his family.
Placed by his sister,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 12 July 1967, the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, was engaged in the Ia Pnon River Valley by a battalion or larger force from the 66th NVA Regiment. When engaged, the 1/12's three rifle companies were physically separated, allowing the enemy force to attack the companies individually - B Company and C Company were isolated and taken under attack. Although C Company suffered only minor losses (5 wounded and none killed), B Company took heavy losses.
1st Lt Bragg had been with 1/12 Infantry for some months as the leader of an artillery Forward Observer team. When Captain Brian W Rushton, the B Company Commander, was killed, Bragg was directed to take command of the company. He did, and fought it with courage until he also was killed - one of 32 men who died that day.
The Virtual Wall's C/1/12 Infantry Memorial
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 Nov 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009