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Cartersville in Bartow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Private First Class Jerry Wayne Gentry

In Memory of

— United States Army —

 
 
Private First Class Jerry Wayne Gentry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jamie Abel, May 29, 2013
1. Private First Class Jerry Wayne Gentry Marker
Inscription.  Killed in Action - 9 November 1967 - Republic of Vietnam

PFC Gentry was a crew member of an M113 Armored Personnel Carrier assigned to B Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry, of the Americal Division in the Republic of Vietnam. While engaged in an assault west of the city of Que Son, his APC was disabled by enemy fire, injuring four of the crew. As the only uninjured member of the crew, PFC Gentry, in the face of enemy automatic weapons fire and with complete disregard for his own safety, aided those of the crew who were lightly wounded to the relative safety of a nearby embankment. Returning in the face of intense enemy fire, he helped the fourth seriously wounded soldier to another APC for evacuation. Having assured the safety of his crewmates, PFC Gentry was mortally wounded as he attempted to mount a third vehicle and return fire.

As a result of his intrepid gallantry and unselfish devotion to duty, the lives of four of his fellow soldiers were saved. PFC Gentry was posthumously awarded The Silver Star for his actions. He was also awarded The Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.

PFC Jerry
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Wayne Gentry was born on 4 June 1947 in Cartersville, Georgia.
He attended Cassville High School.

Below the marker, on the stone monument:
For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected never know.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Vietnam.
 
Location. 34° 9.925′ N, 84° 47.747′ W. Marker is in Cartersville, Georgia, in Bartow County. Memorial is on North Public Square, 0 miles north of West Main Street (Georgia Route 61), on the right when traveling north. The marker lies on Friendship Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cartersville GA 30120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tribute on Monument / 38 Names on Monument (a few steps from this marker); Friendship Monument (a few steps from this marker); Asa Griggs Candler (a few steps from this marker); Rudy York (a few steps from this marker); Major General Pierce Manning Butler Young, CSA (a few steps from this marker); General William T. Wofford, CSA (a few steps from this marker); William H. Stiles (a few steps from this marker); Charles H. Smith - "Bill Arp" (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cartersville.
 
Also see . . .  Jerry Wayne Gentry. PFC Gentry's entry on The Virtual
Private First Class Jerry Wayne Gentry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jamie Abel, May 29, 2013
2. Private First Class Jerry Wayne Gentry Marker
Wall, a project related to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. (Submitted on July 28, 2013, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2013, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,054 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2013, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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