Cartersville in Bartow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Private First Class Jerry Wayne Gentry
In Memory of
—United States Army —
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 Wayne Gentry was born on 4 June 1947 in Cartersville, Georgia.
He attended Cassville High School.
(Below the plaque, on the stone monument:)
For those who fight for it,
Location. 34° 9.925′ N, 84° 47.747′ W. Marker is in Cartersville, Georgia, in Bartow County. Marker is on North Public Square 0 miles north of West Main Street (Georgia Route 61), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker lies on Friendship Plaza. Marker is in this post office area: Cartersville GA 30120, United States of America.
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); God Bless America (within shouting distance of this marker); Bartow County (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Bartow County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Home of Sam P Jones (approx. 0.4 miles away); Amos T. Akerman (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Sam Jones' Tabernacle (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cartersville.
Also see . . . Jerry Wayne Gentry. PFC Gentry's entry on The Virtual Wall, a project related to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. (Submitted on July 28, 2013, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.)
Categories. • War, Vietnam •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2013, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 467 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2013, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.