Roosevelt Gipson – War Hero

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Count Time Podcast Living Legend First Sergeant Roosevelt B. Gipson, Sr.

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Selected quotes and notes from Count Time Podcast with LD Azobra Interview with Roosevelt Gipson

Gibson retired after 20 years in the Army as a first sergeant and after serving in several leadership positions in the 82nd Airborne Division, the 173rd Airborne Brigade and the 101st Airborne Division. He served in combat duty with each of the divisions—one in the Dominican Republic with the 82nd, two in Vietnam (1966-1967) with the 173rd, and another tour in Vietnam with the 101st, beginning in 1968 and ending in 1969. 

He received three Bronze Stars, two emblazoned with “V” for valor, a Purple Heart, two Army Meritorious Service medals, three Army Commendation medals, the Vietnam Service Medal with the Arrowhead, six Campaign Battle Stars, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Vietnam Campaign medal, the Presidential Unit Citation for Extraordinary Heroism for his participation in the battle known as Hamburger Hill, the Senior Parachutist badge with a combat jump assault star for his actions during Operation Junction City. 

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Good evening. Good evening. Good evening it’s 4:00 PM. Stand up it’s count time, time for every man and woman to stand up and be counted. Welcome to another edition of Count Time podcast. I am brother LD Azobra. Thank you for joining us today.

Now, we out here in the in the country today on countryside on this beautiful, almost 1 mile landscape. Out here with this young man who has so much history, so much insight. And I met him several about a month or so ago, and I asked could I interview him because I thought he had such a wonderful, wonderful story. I have. Mr. Roosevelt Gibson. Welcome to Count Time.

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Good afternoon. Name is first sergeant Roosevelt B. Gibson, Sr. I was born July 6, 1941 in Bueche, Louisiana.