Alan Stuart Gelb

Staff Sergeant
United States Marine Corps
23 May 1937 - 18 May 1968
Forest Hills, New York
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Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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11 Nov 2007

Alan and I grew up together as next-door neighbors. We went to Forest Hills High School and, in 1954 when we turned seventeen we enlisted in the Armed Services; Alan in the Marine Corps Reserves, and I in the Navy Reserves. Then, after we graduated college, Alan and I went on active duty. Alan served two separate tours in combat in Vietnam, both voluntary, and I sailed destroyers in the Atlantic, Med and Persian Gulf. Alan lost his life defending his Platoon in 1968.

Alan was a great guy, a real friend, and has merited my tears at the Memorial and my thoughts throughout the years. We both turned seventy this year, and I don't want any more time to pass without testifying to Alan's character, patriotism and devotion to duty. Alan had no chance to live a full life, and as I have been blessed to live mine, in peace with my family, and with gratitude to Alan and all who have given their lives and bodies in defense of our Country.

PS: Alan had one of the best miniature train setups I have ever seen. I was happy to know you, my friend.

From a friend,
Steve Geller

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Staff Sergeant Gelb was a combat photographer assigned to Service Company, HQ Bn, 3rd Marine Division. On 18 May 1968 he was in the field with Hotel Company, 2/26 Marines. The 2/26 Command Chronology contains the following entry:

The two men killed in this incident were SSgt Gelb and Pfc Nathan White of Charleston, SC, Hotel 2/26. Their bodies were recovered on 20 May 1968.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 11 Nov 2007
Last updated 11/14/2007