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Corp Fred Edward Gold

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Corp Fred Edward Gold

  • Birth 23 Jul 1948 Tennessee, USA
  • Death 22 Sep 1969 Tam Kỳ, Quang Nam, Vietnam
  • Burial Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 97617883

CPL - E4 - Army - Regular
196th Light Infantry Brigade
Company B, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry
Americal Division


Corporal Fred Edward Gold began his tour on March 9, 1969; he was killed in action six months later, on September 22, 1969, in Quang Tin, South Vietnam.


On 22 Sep 1969 B Company, 3/21st Infantry, conducted a combat assault into a river valley about 13 kilometers southeast of Hiep Duc. The landing was opposed, with three helicopters shot down. Once on the ground the infantrymen lost eight men before the enemy broke off the engagement and retreated into the jungled hills along the river. The eight soldiers killed in the day's fighting were
Aircrew, UH-1D 66-16332, 71st AHC
CWO Barry K. Alexander, Clemson, SC
SP5 Johnnie L. Williams, Jacksonville, FL

B Company, 3rd Bn, 21st Infantry
SGT Larry W. Ellis, Raleigh, NC
CPL Danny L. Duprey, Fort Fairfield, ME
CPL Fred E. Gold, Clarksville, TN
CPL James H. Hall, Hollis, NY
CPL Clinton E. Miller, Cabool, MO
PFC Mark W. Surber, Sterling, MI
Written by:
Putnam, William (Randy, Black Magot), SSG 41

Mr. Gold was from the state of Tennessee and single at the time of his death. There are also notations that he was African - American, and a member of the Church of Christ. His mother is listed as a Berniece Gold; she seems to be the only surviving family listed in records.

I am presently researching the incident which took his life, as well as the lives of seven of his fellow soldiers, and will update this page accordingly - a special Thank You to Mia for the help in discovering the information that has not only brought facts about her own uncle to the surface after so many years, but has also brought answers to other families.

Corporal Gold was 21 years old at the time of his death; this memorial page is being placed online on the 43rd anniversary of his sacrifice.

"These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They may or may not sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead." ~Robert G. Ingersoll

RIP, Sir.

  • Created by: Rhonda C./Friends
  • Added: 22 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 97617883
  • Rhonda C./Friends
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Fred Edward Gold (23 Jul 1948–22 Sep 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 97617883, citing Foston Memorial Gardens, Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Rhonda C./Friends (contributor 47795548) .