|Birth: ||Jul. 30, 1948|
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 19, 1969|
Trung Tin, Vietnam
KIA. SP5 E5 (MOS 96B20 Intelligence Analyst), B Company, 7th Psyops Battalion, 4th Psyops Group, Americal Division, U.S. Army.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall: Panel 24W, Line 054.
SP5 Gearing's piercing image (see photograph to the right) was featured on the cover of the June 27, 1969 (Volume 66, Number 25) edition of LIFE, which highlighted the article "The Faces of the American Dead in Vietnam: One Week's Toll." In this article, portraits of most of the 242 young American men whose deaths were announced by the Department of Defense during the week from May 28 to June 3, 1969 were presented in a yearbook format, and resulted in a powerful public response.
Also KIA with SP5 Gearing in the same artillery attack was SP4 Jeremiah June (1948-1969).
SP5 Gearing was a graduate of Greece Olympia High School, Rochester, New York, class of 1966.
WILLIAM C GEARING Jr
SP5 AMERICAL DIV
VIETNAM - PH
JULY 30 1948 MAY 19 1969
Note: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall website shows birth date as July 24, 1948. Buried June 6, 1969.
New York, USA
Plot: Section S, Veteran's Plot, Grave 1390, Division 5D
Created by: GravesScribe
Record added: Apr 19, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8653816
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