05/24/2017 by militaryphonies
According to Anthony Gordon from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania he was perhaps one of the busiest Marines ever to serve his country from the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam to the Ho Chi Minh trail in neighboring Kingdoms of Laos and Cambodia at the end of the Vietnam War.
Mr Gordon claims to have arrived in country on February 5,1975 and departed on May 5, 1975. During that time frame, Mr Gordon claims to have been actively involved in four battles. He also claims to have guarded Bob Hope. Also according to Mr Anthony Gordon, He was one of the last Marines on the roof of the Embassy during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. The Marine Unit that he claims to have been assigned to was the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit/Force (MEU)
When Mr Gordon was questioned about what Marine unit that he was assigned to while deployed to Vietnam, He gave the following reply “ 22nd Marine Expeditionary Froce, 3rd Marine Division 1975.” This tossed up a red flag on his claim as the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit was not activated until December 1, 1982. It is and has always been assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, The division is based at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and headquartered at Julian C. Smith Hall.
His official records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The summary sheet and chronological record show that Mr Anthony Tyrone Gordon entered Marine Boot Camp in July of 1973. He was released from active duty on November 9,1973 and assigned to a Marine Reserve unit stationed in Willow Grove Pennsylvania as a 3371 Cook. Mr Gordon held that MOS until August 7. 1976. at which time Mr Gordon was re-assigned with the Marine MOS of 3531 Motor Vechicle Operator. He served as a 3531 until his discharge on Aug. 5, 1985.
Summary and conclusion ;
The difference between what Mr. Anthony Gordon claims and what is on his service record released from the National Personal Records Center under the Freedom of Information Act are entirely different. The only active duty that Mr Gordon received was for Boot Camp and training. Mr Gordon never deployed to Vietnam or any other country outside the United States. We can confirm that Mr. Anthony Gordon at no time saw combat during the Vietnam War, or any other war that the United States of America has been involved in.
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