Gildon, Edgar Lee, PNC

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
PN-0000-Personnelman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Personnelman
Primary Unit
1969-1973, PN-0000, Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Commander Naval Forces Japan
Service Years
1958 - 1984
Foreign Language(s)
Japanese
PN-Personnelman
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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1935
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Gildon, Edgar Lee, PNC.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Lawton, OK
Last Address
Yokosuka, Japan

Date of Passing
Dec 25, 1984
 
Location of Interment
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Other Comments:
Gil was my very good friend while we were stationed together at Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan.  I thank Gil for advancing my indoctrination into Japanese culture.  Gil and his girl friend Chiyoko had me over to their house in Yokosuka many times.  I recall that Chiyoko treated Gil as if he were a "King" and likewise Gil treated Chiyoko as a "Queen."  They were two people deeply in love with one another. 

Gil was just a good ol country boy from Oklahoma.  His mannerisms, feisty attitude, and rough language turned alot of people off but inside that rough exterior of his was a heart of gold.  Gil would do anything for you if you were his friend and most anything if you were not.  He was a great guy and is missed.

RIP tomodachi.
   
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Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
From Month/Year
February / 1969
To Month/Year
June / 1969

Description
This Campaign period was from 23 February to 8 June 1969. The overall composition of the SEALORDS task force in South Vietnam reflected the growing role of the Vietnamese Navy in the war. The newly elected administration of President Richard M. Nixon formally adopted as U.S. policy the Vietnamization program early in 1969.

The naval part of that process, termed ACTOV (Accelerated Turnover to the Vietnamese), embodied the incremental transfer to Vietnam of NAVFORV's river and coastal combatant fleet and the logistic support establishment. ACTOV was more than the provision of material, however, for the Vietnamese Navy needed training in the operation, maintenance, and repair of the U.S. equipment and in the efficient functioning of the supply system. Leadership skills at all command levels required improvement as did the general morale of naval personnel before the Vietnamese Navy would be able to fight on alone.

Spearheaded by the 564 officers and men of the Naval Advisory Group early in 1969, the U.S. Navy integrated Vietnamese sailors into the crews of American ships and craft. When sufficiently trained, the Vietnamese bluejackets and officers relieved their American counterparts, who then rotated back to the United States. As entire units came under Vietnamese Navy command, control of the various SEALORDS operations passed to that naval service as well.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
February / 1969
To Month/Year
June / 1969
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

HHC, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade

LCU-1500, Assault Craft Unit 1 (ACU-1)

USS Mauna Kea (AE-22)

USS Mauna Kea (AE-22)

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  284 Also There at This Battle:
  • Amann, Duane, PO1, (1968-1977)
  • Anderson, Bill, PO3, (1967-1973)
  • Baker, Ronald, CPO, (1966-2000)
  • Barham, Carroll, CPO, (1966-1995)
  • Bassett, Michael, PO2, (1963-1972)
  • Black, Johnell, PO2, (1969-1985)
  • [Name Withheld], (1969-1972)
  • Casey, Earnest, MCPO, (1966-1996)
  • Caton, Gary, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Clevenger, James, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Cook, Michael, CWO4, (1968-1998)
  • Cooper, James, PO3, (1966-1972)
  • Delauney, Mitchell, PO1, (1974-1988)
  • Downing, Donald, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Drew, Bernard, SN, (1965-1969)
  • Elsberry, Marvin, PO3, (1965-1969)
  • Fishbaugh, Michael
  • Foltz, Art, PO1, (1968-1994)
  • Francis, Tommy, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • French, Craig, PO1, (1974-1983)
  • Garner, Steve, PO3, (1968-1972)
  • Gingrich, Stewart, LT, (1966-1974)
  • Gomes, Gerry, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Graham, William S., PO3, (1968-1974)
  • Hall, Joseph, CDR, (1968-1996)
  • Hancock, Joe, PO2, (1967-1971)
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