Gilbert Howard Muncy

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
31 May 1946 - 18 May 1968
Long Beach, California
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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28 Jun 2001

To a wonderful young father of two who loved his children and his country but never lived to see the fruits of his labor.

He is now with us all.

We love you Gil !!

Thank you, God for letting Gil watch over us.

From one who remembers,

29 May 2005

"I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love.
The love that asks no questions;
The love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price;
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice..."
- Rev Greg Forster, St Wilfrid's Church, Northenden, Manchester, UK -

From a friend,
Phoenix Az

15 Feb 2007

I, too, am a Vietnam veteran, having served in the Army in Qui Nhon from September 1966 to September 1967.

I am wondering if Gilbert and I are kin, since we have the same last name. I am a descendant of Francis Muncy I, who came over to Massachusetts from England in the late 1630's.

Please have a family member contact me at

Thank you.

From a long distance cousin?
Tom E. Muncy
33 Maney Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804

12 Sep 2007

Muncy, as I knew him, was a tough hard-core Marine with a big heart. We spent a day at Freedom Hill together chowing down on "real" food and enjoying the hospitality of the USO.

On 18 May during Operation Allen Brook he was mortaly wounded and died while trying to kill the sniper that had me pinned down in a ditch along a trail. His wound was virtually untreatable ... I was his Corpsman and helpless to save him. He will always be rememberd in my heart for his bravery under fire that day. His sacrifice is not forgotten.

"Greater love has no man than this,
to lay down his life for his friends."
Jn. 15:13

Blessing to all his loved ones,
Doc Ostberg
L Co. 1st Plt.

Rev. Karl Ostberg, Saugerties NY

A Note from The Virtual Wall

At the beginning of May 1968, the Marines at Da Nang and the Communist forces in Quang Nam were in the midst of preparations to launch offense operations against one another. Reconnaissance indicated that Communist regulars were re-infiltrating into the Go Noi Island sector, about 25 kilometers south of Da Nang, outlined by the confluence of the Ky Lam, Ba Ren, and Chiem Son Rivers.

On 4 May, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, initiated a "clear and destroy" mission into the Go Noi area. Initial opposition was light, encouraging the Marines to press the issue. On 13 May 1968, elements of the 3rd Bn, 27th Marines, were airlifted into the area. On the night of 15/16 May, the Marines attacked across the Liberty Bridge. By 0900, 16 May, they were engaged with a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force occupying well prepared defensive positions. Over the next several days, 3/27 was in the thick of the fighting and sustained heavy casualties before being withdrawn late on 18 May.

The Marines inflicted a decisive defeat on the NVA force. The men of 3/27th Marines earned one Medal of Honor, two Navy Crosses, a half dozen Silver Stars, and numerous lesser awards during the period 13-26 May , but 71 men of the Battalion had died.

Six men from Lima 3/27 were killed on 18 May -

  • Sgt John T. Burton, Mount Juliet, TN (Silver Star)
  • LCpl Harold B. Baylor, Columbus, OH
  • LCpl Gilbert H. Muncy, Long Beach, CA
  • Pfc Stephen F. Chute, Carmichael, CA
  • Pfc Thomas E. Sharpe, Emmett, MI (Silver Star)
  • Pvt Raymond V. Nora, Albany, CA
Lance Corporal Muncy was on his second tour in Vietnam; he had served with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines in 1965-66.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 Jun 2001
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