Gary William CarlsonCaptain
C TROOP, 3RD SQDN, 4TH CAVALRY, 25 INF DIV
Army of the United States
28 June 1945 - 19 June 1969
West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Panel 22W Line 085
The database page for Gary William Carlson
Remembering the good times we had, and the conversations when you were Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in B Troop. You were a good officer with great potential for a future in the Army. I did not see another memorial for you so I did not want your sacrifice to go without notice and to let you know that your sacrifice will not be forgotten. They have named a range after you at West Point - Wow, what a way to remember a great Army leader.
From a fellow trooper,
I was in the lead tank at the battle when Cpt Carlson was killed. He was several vehicles to my left, when he was hit with the RPG.
23 Aug 2007
The day of the battle the supply unit was ambushed after they gave us breakfast. We moved to the sound of the gunfire, and we engaged by heavy gunfire and RPG's, Tank 27 was hit by an RPG. I was commanding Tank 26, the battle lasted hours at that location.
We joined the remainder of the troop circled around the town and I was leading the troop down a dirt road that went into the center of the town. There were no people, but lot of small hootches. The road was high, I stopped my tank sensing an ambush. I radioed the 2nd Platoon Leader and told me my concerns. He asked for my recommendations and I said let's turn right and get off the road and sweep into the town through the trees. I waited around 10 minutes. The call came back to turn right to get off the road and go into the village. I proceeded 1/4 mile and stopped and turned left. The Platoon leader parked behind me. Cpt Carlson was several to my left and behind. He was on a 113. We proceeded forward and after a few minutes all hell broke loose. During the battle I fired all my main gun ammuntion and the most of the 50 ammo. I had to be resupplied under fire of 152mm tank rounds.
I remember seeing Cpt Carlson standing in the back of the 113 exposed. I never saw him hit with the RPG, but I was told he never left the vehicle.
I regret the death of the CO and I always felt partially at fault cause I asked to get off the road. I never knew him, because he was the CO a short time, transferring from another troop.
I read many years later he received the DSC. To set the record straight I was told he never left the 113 during the battle.
From everything everyone has said about my Dad,
From his daughter,
Notes from The Virtual WallCaptain Carlson was a 1967 graduate of the U. S. Military Academy and, as noted above, had served in B Troop as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer before taking command of C Troop, 3/4th Cavalry. 3/4 Cav lost six men on 19 June 1969, three known to be from C Troop:
While The Virtual Wall has verified that Captain Carlson received both the Silver Star and Bronze Star with "V" for earlier actions, we have not been able to identify specifics. However, we have obtained a copy of the letter awarding him the Distinguished Service Medal:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 9 Jul 2004
Last updated 04/01/2008