Sergeant First Class William F. Gordon, 33, was a combat medic assigned to the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion, (Airborne) Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Gordon died May 30, 2005, of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Gordon, a native of Cumberland, Maryland, entered the Army in June 1990 and completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. After completing advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, as a Combat Medic, Gordon completed Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
His first assignment was at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment from 1990 until 1995. Gordon was later assigned to numerous medical assignments to include Platoon Sergeant and Squad Leader for Company E, 27th Combat Main Support Battalion, 1st Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas, and medical sergeant for Troop Army Medical Clinic, Company B, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Gordon graduated the Civil Affairs Specialist Course in 2003 before his assignment to the 96th CA Bn. In 2002, Gordon graduated from the Special Operations Combat Medic Course at the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg. He also completed the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course and the Primary Leader’s Development Course. Gordon’s professional Soldier training also included the Equal Opportunity Leadership Course, the Contracting Officer Representative certification, Field Hygiene and Sanitation Course, Air Assault Course, and Jungle Operations Course.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
His wife, Marion and a son, William of Fayetteville, North Carolina; mother, Diane Gordon, Frostberg, Maryland; father, Gary Bake, Huntsville, Texas and half brother, Private First Class Gary Bake, II survive him.
GORDON, WILLIAM F
SFC US ARMY
PERSIAN GULF, AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ
DATE OF BIRTH: 05/28/1972
DATE OF DEATH: 05/30/2005
BURIED AT: SECTION 69 SITE 2203
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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