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Date Posted: Sat, September 03 2005, 19:12:32
Author: Jeff Northridge
Author Host/IP: dialup-4.246.27.191.Dial1.SanJose1.Level3.net / 4.246.27.191
Subject: Thanks For The Information!
In reply to: Bruce Swander 's message, "Re: information on my father speedy" on Thu, September 01 2005, 9:52:35

Howdy Bruce;

It wasn't clear from the above post that PFC Francisco "Speedy" Gonzalez was KIA. I did check, but I misspelled the last name and came up blank. The most telling tribute on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall (http://thewall-usa.com/ ) to PFC Gonzalez is:

james haney
jdhl35@geneseo.net
squad leader
10868 wolf road
geneseo, il 61254 USA
the day speedy died
speedy came to my squad from recon, he did his time in the bush and was a good marine well liked and easy to be with. Had a article in leatherneck which mentions him when he was with recon and descirbed the dutied they had. Lima 3/5 was on patrol in Arizona territory and we had just returned to the company postion from a active ambush in which we killed a nva officer, the ambush started out as a patrol then we were to select a ambush site. During our patrol phase our pointman Pvt. Hamm spotted a large group of nva milling about and in the process of dropping their packs. I called in a fire mission on them and was satisfied of with the results, we heard alot of excitment and pulled back to our night time ambush site. Around 2100 a nva walked up the trail we were covering tripping the ambush, we ended up killing him but we could hear movement all around us. The company called in a gunship (spooky) and he fired all around us after droppnig flares. The area around our squad was alive with movement and we were on alert all night. The next morning we returned to the company postion and cleaned our weapons and sacked out. Later the word came down to get into our foxholes due to out going mortar fire. I got the guys going but a rocket hit directly in front of them, I was slightly wounded but the others had taken the full force of the rocket, more rocket then mortar fire rained down on the company causing numerous casualties. Speedy was hit real bad but insisted we help the others first, my radioman Richard Sauls and edwards survived their wounds the others didn't. I was medevaced the next day and eventually spent two months in the hospital in Japan. I never knew Speedy never made it untill I returned to my unit. I have the memory of Speedy as a happy kid who was serious at his job and earned the trust and respect of his peers.
Monday, April 17, 2000

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