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Gary B. Beikirch

Military Person from United States of America

Gary Burnell Beikirch (born August 29, 1947) is a former United States Army soldier who received the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Vietnam War. A combat medic, Beikirch was awarded the medal for exposing himself to intense fire in order to rescue and treat the wounded, and for continuing to provide medical care despite his own serious wounds, during a battle at Camp Dak Seang, Vietnam. Beikirch was born on August 29, 1947, in Rochester, New York. Beikirch joined the U.S. Army in August 1967, just after finishing his second year of college in upstate New York. He was interested in becoming a Green Beret from the very beginning. He completed basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and then went on to Fort Benning, Georgia, for jump school. He completed jump school, passed the Special Forces test and went on to training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After finishing phase one special forces training, he completed training to become a combat medic. He was sent to Vietnam in July 1969. In Vietnam, Beikirch served as a sergeant with Company B of the 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces. The group was stationed at Camp Dak  ( Wikipedia article )

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Known as
Gary Beikirch
Date of birth
1947-08-29
Place of birth
Rochester
Nationality
United States of America

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