Gilford Frank Dashner

Army of the United States
02 November 1946 - 18 September 1968
Burlington, Massachusetts
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Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Gilford Dashner

The database page for Gilford Frank Dashner

26 Oct 2003

Visions of

I love you, Gil. You were the brother I lost; that flesh of my flesh, blood of my blood, and bones of my bones. Oh, brother lost, and precious brother found, and brother lost again. You walked the road by my side at sundown. You caught the wind and laughed at the rain. You sang a mighty song. You were the king of the American highway. You were Huckleberry Finn, Walt Whitman, Benjamin Gant, Alvin York, Audie Murphy, James Dean, and Neal Cassady wired into one man. You are the great American hero.

For years I searched, not for knowledge or wealth, but for wisdom and truth. And when it was over, I realized, Gil, that you were pearl that was handed to me, the diamond in my back yard. For it was you who spoke to me the great forgotten language. Yes. You were the lost lane into the kingdom. You were the stone, the leaf, and the door. You took me on a great journey, that far voyage to the very doors of perception, and beyond ...

One day the ship will come for me. I'll go on board, walk up to the bridge, and talk to my captain. We'll get underway, slide into the mist, and slip quietly out to sea. And when I too cross over the bar, you'll be out there waiting for me. Till that day comes and we meet again, let me say goodby to you. I love you, man. You are the greatest. Farewell to you, great friend of my youth.

Adios, mi amigo, mi hermano.
Au revoir, mon ami, mon frère.
Goodby, my friend, my brother.

We will ride again.

From a friend and classmate,
Greg Allard

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 18 Sep 1968 the 2nd Bn, 20th Infantry lost 12 men in a fight at Go Tro hamlet in Quang Ngai Province:
  • 1LT Raymond J. Enners, Farmingdale, NY, A Company (Dist Svc Cross)
  • 1LT Robert L. Janowitz, Glen Rock, NJ, D Company
  • 1LT Alfred M. Schroeder, Chicago, IL, D Company
  • SSG John F. Downey, Flushing, NY, D Company
  • SSG Charles L. Freeman, Stedman, NC, D Company
  • SSG Donald E. Turner, Port Orchard, WA, D Company
  • SGT Gilbert M. Maestas, San Diego, CA, A Company
  • SGT James B. Spearmon, Conroe, TX, D Company
  • SGT Kermit L. Williams, Clinton, NC, A Company
  • CPL Gilford F. Dashner, Burlington, MA, D Company
  • CPL James O. Fryman, Indianapolis, IN, D Company
  • SP4 Gary L. Browning, Hutchinson, KS, HQ Company (medic w/ D/2/20)

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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 Oct 2003
Last updated 11/13/2010