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Medal of Honor


John Gertch


Rank and organization:

Staff Sargeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.

Place and date:

A Shau Valley, Replublic of Vietnam

15 to 19 July, 1969

Entered service at:

Buffalo, N.Y.


September 29, 1944; Jersey City, NJ




This picture of John Gertsch was sent to me by John Neely.  Neely was the Battalion PIO in late 68 or early 69.

John is receiving a Silver Star.  It was one of several.


Pictured to John's left (right side of photo) is Charley Knott.  The Tiger in the middle is not known.  The guy on John's left is wearing the name tag "Tay".  Anyone who can identify anybody else in this photo, please email me.

John at Veghel firebase, late 1968.

From left to right: "Lurch", John Gertsch, UNK, UNK, SGT. "Fang" Field mugging for the camera. "Flower power" fatigues.

John in Tiger stripes, Late 1968.


30 Years Later

John Gertch Physical Fitness Center at Fort Campbell

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