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Gerald Anthony McCall, Sr.

Gerald Anthony McCall, Sr.

Male 1940 - 1968  (28 years)

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  • Name Gerald Anthony McCall 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 13 Jun 1940  New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Jul 1968  South Viet Nam Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, Burlington, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I15852  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 2 May 2021 

  • Notes 
    • Gerald Anthony McCall; Staff Sergeant; PERSONAL DATA; Home of Record: Atlantic City, New Jersey; Date of birth: Thursday, 06/13/1940; MILITARY DATA; Service: Marine Corps; Grade at loss: E6; Rank: Staff Sergeant; ID No: 1592696 ; MOS: 0369 Infantry Unit Leader; LenSvc: Between 10 and 11 years; Unit: H CO, 2ND BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV; CASUALTY DATA; Start Tour: Friday, 01/19/1968; Cas Date: Sunday, 07/14/1968; Age at Loss: 28; Remains: Body recovered; Location: Thua Thien, South Vietnam; Type: Hostile, died outright; Reason: Gun or small arms fire - Ground casualty; ON THE WALL; Panel 52W Line 029

      McCALL, GERALD ANTHONY (KIA); Synopsis: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Gerald Anthony McCall (1592696), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 13, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant McCall upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Home Town: Atlantic City, New Jersey

      U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 Name: Gerald A Sr Mc Call Service Info.: SSGT US MARINE CORPS VIETNAM Birth Date: 13 Jun 1940 Death Date: 14 Jul 1968 Service Start Date: 1 Jun 1967 Interment Date: 23 Jul 1968 Cemetery: Beverly National Cemetery Cemetery Address: 916 Bridgeboro Road Bridgeboro Road Beverly, NJ 08010 Buried At: Section J Site 4313

      Social Security Death Index Name: Gerald McCall SSN: 157-28-7143 Born: 13 Jun 1940 Died: Jul 1968 State (Year) SSN issued: New Jersey (1954-1955)

      Although 3rd platoon's corpsman I had the honor of knowing the "Sarge". First into the mine field that got him and Scotty, his radioman, I couldn't believe he'd be my casualty. He was indestructible, on his 3rd tour, with four kids back in the world. He'd taught us how to stay alive and his mere presence gave us confidence that we too would make it. As I held him we didn't share any words but true to his character his look said it all. We held each others' gaze as he slipped away - brave to the end. I'll always remember you “Sarge”. Thanks for who you were and all you taught us. Posted by: Jeff Haines; Email: Relationship: Tuesday, August 12, 2003

      Sgt McCall was a character! He was squared away and intense as a Marine. He was kind to me as one of his platoon corpsman. It is a ritual to "pin" on promotional stripes and I had the honor of Sgt Mac pinning my E5 stripes on in the summer of 1968. His little twist on the thing was he pinned mine on by using the gun barrel of a .45 cal. pistol to do the pinning. I can feel the pain even today! His attitude about doing things right was very impressive. I think of him often. Ron Yates Posted by: Doc Ron Yates; Email: ron@yatesville.net; Relationship: We served together Saturday, July 16, 2005

      Gerald, the husband of Audrey E. McCall and the father of Deborah A., Kevin D., and Gerald A. McCall Jr. SSgt Mc Call was a Marine Corps veteran of over ten years of service. He arrived in Vietnam on January 19, 1968 and was assigned for duty with Company H, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF. In mid-June, the 2d Battalion was assigned to the SLF and his unit was re-designated Company H, BLT 2/7, 9th MAB.

      During Operation EAGER YANKEE, on a search and destroy sweep in the vicinity of the Thon Xuan Tien Thuong Village complex in Vinh Loc District Thua Tien Province the Marines were fired upon by hostile small arms fire resulting in the death of SSgt McCall.

      * SSgt McCall was presented with the Silver Star Medal posthumously "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action ....on 13 July 1968...."