Gary Lee Gillard

Staff Sergeant
United States Marine Corps
20 September 1944 - 15 May 1969
Wenatchee, Washington
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Gary Lee Gillard

Purple Heart, USMC Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Gary Lee Gillard

20 May 2001

I recently visited the Vietnam Wall in Washington, DC. I was on my oldest daughter's 8th grade class trip.

Words can not describe the emotions that I felt, not only mine but others'. I knew that I would cry but I never expected my daughter to break down. It was an incredible experience. We saw all the Memorials in DC but not one even came close to what we felt at the "Wall".

I pray to God that none of these kids will ever have to experience war. I was only nine when my brother died, and I remember when my Uncles came to tell my parents. I don't know if they ever got over the loss. With every Military funeral, Memorial Day, Veterans' Day, and Independence Day we remember our loss as well as the others who died while serving our country.

If anyone knew my brother Gary Lee Gillard, I would like to hear from you.

15 January 2002

I would like to update my memorial, with some wounderful news! On December 28, 2001, my nephew's wife gave birth to a beautiful little boy! 8lbs. 7oz., 21 1/2 inches long. They named the baby "Gary" after my brother. Words can't express how much this meant to me and my entire family. In the future I am sure Gary will be proud to know that his namesake died to make this world a better place for all of us. Thanks, Ben and Brenda, for the best memorial ever!


A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 15 May 1969, Golf 2/5 Marines engaged a North Vietnamese Army battalion and found themselves in deep trouble. Echo Company was directed to assist Golf Company. By the time the fighting ended, the two companies had lost 13 men killed in action:
  • Echo 2/5 Marines
  • Golf 2/5 Marines
    • SSgt Gary L. Gillard, Wenatchee, WA
    • LCpl Emmett R. Brown, North Hills, PA
    • LCpl William H. Shultz, Columbia, PA
    • LCpl Authran W. Winfrey, Fall Creek, OR
    • Pfc George P. Perkins, Shakopee, MN
    • Pfc Harry D. Sarakov, Chico, CA
    • Pfc John L. Schultz, Birch Run, MI

  • H&S 2/5 Marines
The Virtual Wall does not know if Petty Officer Bredesen was with Echo or Golf Company.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Debbie Van Ochten 
20 May 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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