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Wallace Gero

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  8/3/42
Birth Place:  Springfield, MA
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Roman Catholic
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
Father's Name:  Frederick W. Gero
Mother's Name:  Anna L. (Burns) Gero
Sibling Names:   
Marital Status:  Married
Wife's Name:  Hannelore (unknown) Gero
Offspring Names:  Gabriele Gero; Penney A. Gero; Virginia D. Gero; Edward Gero Jr.
School Attended:  Kensington Avenue School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  3/1/48
School Attended:  Liberty School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  2/14/49
School Attended:  Mary O. Pottenger School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  1/8/53
School Attended:  Washington School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date: 3/10/53  
School Attended:  Forest Park Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/7/55
School Attended:  Forest Park Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/3/58
High School Diploma:  No
Selective Service Data:
SSS Local Board Number:  82
SSS Local Board Location:  Springfield, MA
SSS Registration Date:  8/8/60  
SSS Registrant Description:  5' 10"/145 pounds/auburn hair/brown eyes
Military Service Record:
Entry Date:  1/11/61
Entry Mode:  Enlistment
Entry Location:  Fort Gordon, GA
Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA
Military Branch:  Army
Military Component:  Regular
Rank:  Specialist Five
Rank Abbrev:  SP5
Pay Grade:  E5
MOS:  61C20
MOS Title:  Marine Engineer
MOS Background:  Established May 65.  Retitled to Watercraft Engineer Aug 75.  Deleted Oct 86.  Duties transferred to MOS 88L. 4th char of 2 = E5 skill level. 5th char of O = no extra qualification or SQL.
Awards Received:  Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Length Of Service:  6 years
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
Date Tour Commenced:  5/19/67
Major Command:  25th Infantry Division
Sub Command 1:  34th Armor
Sub Command 2:  2nd Battalion
Sub Command 3:  Company C
Army Campaign Number:  4th
Army Campaign Name:  Counteroffensive, Phase II
Casualty Data:
Casualty Date:  2/22/68
Casualty Time:  0730
Casualty Age:  25
Casualty Data 1:  Non-Hostile, Died Of Illness/Injury
Casualty Data 2:  Ground Casualty
Casualty Data 3:  Vehicle Loss-Crash
Casualty Province:  Tay Ninh Province
Casualty Country:  South Vietnam
Body:  Recovered
Burial Location:  Siegelbach City Cemetery, Siegelbach, Germany
Burial Date:  3/18/68
Consigned Funeral Home:  U.S. Army Mortuary System, Frankfurt, Germany
Escort Name:  provided by U.S. Army Mortuary, Frankfurt, Germany
Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  17th
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  40E
                                                  Line Number:  62

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