Byron Adams Gaines, Jr

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
07 April 1947 - 28 December 1967
Jacksonville, Florida
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Silver Star

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Byron Adams Gaines, Jr

26 Oct 2001

Byron, better known to his friends and family as "Barry", was my mother's first husband. They were high school sweethearts and my mom still remains in close contact with his 3 sisters. Barry's mother was a very dear woman whom I grew up knowing as Aunt Blanche, who even helped take care of my own father when he was ill.

Lori Osterhout

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Operation Auburn, conducted 28 Dec 67 through 03 Jan 68 on Go Noi Island, Quang Nam Province, was primarily a 5th Marines operation, but E Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, was attached to 3/5 Marines to provide an extra rifle company. Go Noi Island was infested with North Vietnamese regulars and Viet Cong main and local forces, and very heavy fighting resulted when the Marines engaged fortified NVA and VC elements.

Echo 2/3 lost twelve men killed in action on 28 December 1967,

  • SSgt Salome Hernandez, Anthony, NM
  • Cpl Robert L. Boyer, Long Beach, CA (Silver Star)
  • Cpl Richard L. Carlson, Montclair, NJ
  • Cpl James B. Cox, Washington, WV
  • LCpl Patrick E. Anglim, Long Beach, CA
  • LCpl Carl E. Chamberlain, Nashville, TN
  • Pfc Byron A. Gaines, Jacksonville, FL (Silver Star)
  • Pfc Thomas B. Holdbrooks, Mc Kinney, TX
  • Pfc Arturo M. Lara, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pfc Ronald J. Streckert, Chilton, WI
  • Pfc Ernesto Tarango, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pfc Herbert O. Zinnel, Dakota City, IA
and seven more on 29 December:
  • Sgt Henry L. Morgan, Benson, NC (Silver Star)
  • Pfc David A. Blough, Spencer, MA (Silver Star)
  • Pfc John A. Delozier, Tucson, AZ
  • Pfc Leo Menendez, Spelter, WV
  • Pfc Steven D. Munden, Minneapolis, MN
  • Pfc Dennis C. Smith, Deer River, MN
  • Pfc Gerald W. Ziy, St Ann, MO

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who remembers,
Lori Osterhout 
26 Oct 2001

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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