An unusual British Special Air Service / United States Special Forces group awarded to STAFF SERGEANT GORDON STANLEY GILMORE, US SPECIAL FORCES / SAS, comprising of: GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL GVIR with clasp MALAYA (T/22523477 CPL. G.S.GILMORE, R.A.S.C.), US ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL with three oak-leaf clusters (two bronze, one silver), US ARMY GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, US NATIONAL DEFENCE MEDAL, US ANTARCTIC SERVICE MEDAL, VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL, REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL with clasp 1960-. (U.S. medals unnamed as issued).......... Corporal Gilmore was born in England and served with the British Special Service in Malaya during the 1950’s. Unfortunately no details of this service are available. In the 1960’s he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Vietnam with the United States 5th Special Force Group (Airborne), Detachment A-502 in 1967....... Staff Sergeant Gordon S. Gilmore RA19760251 received his first Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service on 6 December 1968: “Who distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service in support of allied counterinsurgency operations in the Republic of Vietnam during the period 15 DECEMBER 1967 TO 15 DECEMBER 1968. He astutely surmounted extremely adverse conditions to obtain consistently superior results. Through diligence and determination, he invariably accomplished every task with dispatch and efficiency. His unrelenting loyalty initiative and perseverance brought him wide acclaim, and inspired others to strive for maximum achievement, Selflessly working long and arduous hours, he has contributed significantly to the success of the allied effort. His commendable performance was in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflects distinct credit upon himself and the United States Army”......... Gilmore was discharged from the US Army on 23 January 1969, but he immediately re-enlisted with the number 552-68-7676. He was awarded his First Oak-Leaf cluster for meritorious service on 6 February 1970 for service on RyuKyu Islands and Forth Buckner between 10 January 1969 and 16 January 1970: “By direction of the Secretary of the Army, the Army Commendation Medal is awarded for exceptionally meritorious service to the United States Army. The leadership, professional competence and devotion to duty exhibited in the performance of all assigned and assumed duties contributed immeasurably to to the successful accomplishment of the unit’s mission. Through his initiative and perseverance he has shown himself to be a individual to the organization, which has been proved time and time again by his ability to extremely difficult and important tasks in an original, unprecedented and clearly exceptional manner. His outstanding performance and meritorious service throughout this entire period are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself, this command, and the United States Army”........ Gilmore’s Second Oak-Leaf Cluster was awarded for meritorious service on 24 September 1970:
“By direction of the Secretary of the Army, the Army Commendation Medal second Oak-Leaf cluster is awarded to Staff Sergeant Gordon S. Gilmore 552-68-7676 for exceptionally meritorious service as boatswain, Third Mate, Chief Mate, Transportation Company, Transportation Battalion Provisional, 2D Logistical Command, United States Army, from 26 January 1970 to 4 September 1970. The leadership, professional competence and devotion to duty exhibited in the performance of all assigned and assumed duties contributed immeasurably to to the successful accomplishment of the unit’s mission. Through his initiative and perseverance he demonstrated outstanding performance of extremely difficult and important tasks. His exceptional achievement and meritorious service throughout this entire period are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself, the 2D Logistical command, and the United States Army”......... No details of the Third oak-leaf cluster for the US Meritorious Service medal are known......... Gilmore also served in Saigon with the U.S.C.I.D (Criminal Investigation Department) tracking down deserters and US service personnel involved in criminal activities. After the Vietnam War, Gilmore emigrated to New Zealand and found employment on the Auckland wharves. He was tragically run over and killed by a straddle crane in the mid-1980’s.......... Together with original award documents and copies of citations in plastic cassettes for the Army Commendation Medal & first two oak-leaf clusters and Gilmore’s Discharge Certificate. Very Fine to Extra Fine condition.