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Vietnam 1971 - 8th Battalion 4th Field Artillery, SP4 Donald Gibler - K.I.A. 18Feb1971

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Uploaded on Feb 15, 2010

News Clip with Donald Gibler, KIA 18Feb71
News Clip with Donald Gibler from Feb 10, 1971 - Courtesy copy of interviews with men of 8th Battalion 4th Field Artillery 175mm M107 - SPA, "Big Guns of the DMZ", during Operation Lam Son 719 .
In background shots is SP4 Donald Gene Gibler of Higginsville/Mayview, Mo. He is digging in on right in 2 shots, accompanied by his buddy, their mascot "Beerman". He says "airstrike" to get his fellow soldiers' attention to the fact that camera is on them.
Men interviewed are from 8th Battalion 4th Field Artillery, Battery B.
Note mention of two 8/4/C Battery men lost on 9Feb71 - the day before the clip was filmed - E4 Melvin James Felton of Spokane, Wa., and E2 Blake Dominic Whitney of Chicago, Ill. "Both men, lost that day in that combined operation, were on or near Gun 2 ("SOUNDS OF SILENCE") when an enemy 122mm artillery round hit. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE. They are not forgotten by their brothers of the 8/4th."
Eight days later, 18Feb71, SP4 Donald Gene Gibler was K.I.A. by NVA 152mm direct fire on 8/4th gun B-1, "Big, Bad and Ugly". He is not forgotten and rests in perfect peace.

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