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GySgt P.E. Gene "Gunny" Brandon, USMC, Retd

Reported by: Col Alfredo Arguedas US Marine ‘65

14100 NW Berry Creek Rd.

McMinnville, OR  97128

Marines,

With a saddened heart, I report that Gunnery Sergeant P.E. “Gene” Brandon, USMC, Retd (beloved “Gunny”), reported to the Supreme Commandant at 0008, Friday, 8 Jan 2016. Gunny fought a long and valiant fight against cancer, which finally claimed him early this morning at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon.  While we take comfort he is at peace in the tender care of our Lord, he will be sorely missed.

 

Gunny served our Corps faithfully from 1953 to 1970 and medically retired due to severe wounds suffered while serving with 2/4 in June 1968.  He was proud of his Vietnam service with the “Magnificent Bastards”, as “Echo” Co, Company Gunnery Sergeant, particularly during the Battle of Dai Do.  In four months, he was awarded that many Purple Heart medals…the 4th taking him home to an early retirement from the Corps.  In all of that, like each of us, Gunny was most honored and proud to claim the title of US Marine.

 

Please pass this notice out to Marines in the USS Oregon and Columbia River MCL Dets.  I will keep you posted on the funeral arrangements being made by his family at the Willamette National Cemetery…like the outstanding Gunny he is, he requested to be buried in his utilities.

 

Semper Fi,

Al

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