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GARY WETZEL TRIBUTE BY HIS FRIEND  "JEFF DOC DENTICE"
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GARY GEORGE WETZEL
United States Army
Congressional Medal Of Honor Recipient
 Oak Creek, Wisconsin


 


Name:  Gary G. Wetzel 
Hometown: Oak Creek, Wisconsin

 

       Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class (then Pfc.), U.S. Army, 173rd.
       Assault Helicopter Company.  Place and date: Near Ap Dong An, Republic of
       Vietnam, 8 January 1968.  Entered service at: Milwaukee WI.  Bom 29
       September 1947, South Milwaukee, WI.

Citation:
       Specialist Fourth Class WetzeL 173rd Assault Helicopter Company,
       distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his
       life,above and beyond the call of duty.  Specialist fourth Class Wetzel was
       serving as door gunner aboard a helicopter which was part of an insertion force
       trapped in a landing zone by intense and deadly enemy fire.  Specialist Fourth
       Class Wetzel was going to the aid of his aircraft commander when he was blown
       into a rice paddy and critically wounded by two enemy rockets that exploded
       just inches from his location.  Although bleeding profusely due to the loss of his
       left arm and severe wounds to his right arm, chest, and left leg, Specialist Fourth
       Class Wetzel staggered back to his original position in his gun-well and took the
       enemy forces under fire.  His machine gun was the only weapon placing effective
       fire on the enemy at that time.Through a resolve that overcome the shock and
       intolerable pain of his injuries , Specialist Fourth Class Wetzel remained in his
       position until he had eliminated the automatic weapons emplacement that had
       been inflicting heavy casualties on the American troops and preventing them
       from moving against this strong enemy force.  Refusing to attend to his extensive
       wounds, he attempted to return to the aid of his aircraft commander but passed
       out from the loss of blood.  Regaining consciousness, he persisted in his efforts
       to drag himself to the aid of his fellow crewmen.  After an agonizing effort he
       came to the side of a crew-chief who was attempting to drag the wounded
       aircraft commander to the safety of a nearby dike.  Unswerving in his devotion to
       his fellow man, Specialist Fourth Class Wetzel assisted his crew chief even
       though he lost consciousness once again during this action.  Specialist Fourth
       Class Wetzel displayed extraordinary heroism in his efforts to aid his fellow
       crewmen.  His gallant actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the
       U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his Country.



 Harley Davidson Honors Gary Wetzel-An American Hero


 


 

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Milwaukee,Wisconsin
 


 


Sammy Davis CMOH / Jeff Doc Dentice / Gary Wetzel CMOH
New Glarus, WI. Vets Winterfest 1988
 


 


Sarah Zizzo holds her 4-year-old daugher Bella, who was born without a left hand.
Her mother is trying to raise funds for the family to travel to Florida to a camp for kids with missing limbs
and has been befriended by Medal of Honor recipient Gary Wetzel of South Milwaukee.
Gary and wife Kathy held a benefit for  BELLA on October 26, 2013 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient befriends, assists young girl with limb disability

Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient
Befriends Young Girl With Limb Disability.

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Gary Wetzel CMOH during unveiling of a Vietnam Vets plaque.
Operation Dustoff at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin 2013

 
 


Medal of Honor monument dedicated




 
 


 
 

Gary Wetzel (L) and Doc Dentice 3rd from left - Kokomo Vets Reunion 1992


 Gary Wetzel-Oral History Project


 


GARY WETZEL(2ND FROM LEFT

Gary Wetzel(1st from left)


Princeton, Wisconsin Traveling Wall Ceremony-September 2008
 


Gary Wetzel-Run For The Wall-2008


Gary Wetzel & Jeff Doc Dentice - May 30, 2010
Veterans Memorial Dedication
 


Gary & Kathy Wetzel
Grand Opening of "Dry Hootch" Veterans House (Milwaukee, WI.) 8/28/2010


 
 

Gary & Doc Dentice @ 2013 Vets Christmas fundraiser  Denoon Saloon


 

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