Gary was born in Fresno,CA but grew up in Watsonville where him and his brother went at an early age to live with their uncle Roy and aunt Virginia Carpenter.Gary graduated from Freedom High School in 1967 and enlisted in Marines six days later on 21 June 1967 at the Oakland Recruiting Office. Gary arrived in Vietnam 15 December 1967 and was assigned to Hotel Company,2nd Battalion,3rd Marine Regiment,3rd Marine Division. Gary died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head from a sniper,during an engagement with hostile forces near the East Bank Song Yen River,4 kilometers south southeast of the Tuy Loan Bridge. Gary was single and served his country for 7 months and 9 days.KIA#20,727. He had been in Vietnam for 1 month and 15 days. Gary was 18 years,6 months and 24 days old. Survived by his uncle & aunt;Roy H & Virginia Carpenter and his brother;Lauren Carpenter of 209 Hill Ave,Watsonville,CA. His father;Ralph Carpenter of 33 White St, Apt#3,Watsonville,CA and his mother;Jewel D Carpenter of 8108 Uster St,Selma,CA.