Gilberto Caballero, Jr

Staff Sergeant
United States Marine Corps
01 April 1943 - 06 July 1967
San Antonio, Texas
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Purple Heart, USMC Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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18 Jan 2007

He was the loving father I never got a chance to know.

From his son,
Gilbert Caballero III

15 May 2007

Thinking of you on the 40th Anniversary

Although we were friends for a very short time, I felt I knew you all of your life. You paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country, served honorably and died gallantly in the field of battle; a true Marine and Hero. Semper Fi

Oscar De La Garza
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1st Battalion, 3rd Marines provided the bulk of Battalion Landing Team 1/3. On 02 July 1967 the BLT was order to move ashore in northeastern Quang Tri Province in order to assist the 1st Bn, 9th Marines recover Marines killed in an action at the end of June. BLT 1/3 was airlifted into Landing Zone HAWK on 03 July, made contact with the 1/9 Marines, and began a movement northward toward the earlier engagement area. There was only limited enemy contact on 03, 04, and 05 July and a number of dead Marines were located and recovered.

Things changed on 06 July, when the 1/3 perimeter was attacked by a battalion from the 90th NVA Regiment supported by heavy artillery firing from within the DMZ. The attack was repelled, but not without loss - seven men from BLT 1/3 were killed in the engagement:

  • C Co, 1st Tank Bn
    • 1stLt Wayne M. Hayes, Menomonie, WI

  • 1st Bn, 3rd Marines
    • SSgt Gilberto Caballero, San Antonio, TX, H&S 1/3
    • SSgt John J. Malloy, Great Barrington, MA, Charlie 1/3
    • Sgt Donald C. Pike, Danville, KY, Charlie 1/3
    • Sgt Randall K. Russell, Springfield, MO, H&S 1/3
    • HN Thomas L. McCarter, Knoxville, TN, H&S 1/3
    • Pfc Verne M. Greeley, Derry, NH, Bravo 1/3

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his son,
Gilbert Caballero III

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 18 Jan 2007
Last updated 11/05/2007