CW2 Patrick J Gilligan was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 04/17/1974 at the age of 32.2 from Stroke
Flight Class 64-8
Date of Birth 02/05/1942
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 121 AHC
This information was provided by Paul Fleming

More detail on this person: Robert L. Gish Robert L. Gish, 53, Topeka, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at his home. Mr. Gish owned and operated City Auto Supply and Central Automotive Warehouse. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and flew 9,000 hours in a helicopter in combat and rescue missions. He had attended Officer Candidate School and Army Ranger School, both at Fort Benning, Ga. He attended Aviation School at Fort Walters, Texas, and at Fort Rucker, Ala. He served with the 2nd Squadron 9th Calvary, 24th Infantry, and the 1st Air Calvary Division in Vietnam. He also served as commander of D Troop, First/Fourth Quarter Horse Calvary and he commanded Apache Troop 1st Squadron, 9th Calvary, 1st Air Calvary Division. He also had been contact flight instructor at Fort Rucker, Ala. Mr. Gish was discharged at the rank of captain, and he was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Air Medal First through 17th, Army Commendation medal, Good Conduct medal, National Defense medal, Vietnamese Service medal and the Vietnamese Campaign medal. He was born Feb. 18, 1946, in Topeka, the son of Hubert and Helen Meyers Gish He lived most his life in Topeka. He was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam and had lost his kidneys 18 years ago. He married Roseann Sams. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Sam Gish, Topeka; his father, Hubert Gish, Topeka; a brother, Thomas Gish, Topeka; and a sister, Linda Hoffman, Topeka. Graveside services with military honors will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Dialysis Services, 634 S.W. Mulvane, Topeka, 66606. Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Burial information: Penwell-Gabel Cemetery, Topeka, KS

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