Warrior Wednesday: 1st Lt. Riley C. Gazzaway #NeverForgotten


1st Lt. Riley C. Gazzaway

May 28, 1918 – Jan 3, 1951

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Photo provided by Find A Grave and Zoe

First Lt. Riley C. Gazzaway, 32 was killed in action Jan. 3, in Korea. He had been serving in Korea since the beginning of the war, having been shipped to Tokyo, Japan, in September. Gazzaway had served in the Army for more than 11 years, having enlisted Feb. 17, 1939. He was awarded ten medals during the war, receiving three decorations within one month. He was outstanding among the 104th (Timberwolf) Division of the 9th Army.

Many times he risked his life to protect and rescue his comrades. On Oct. 26, 1944, Sgt. Gazzaway seized a jeep, mounted with a 50 caliber machine gun, and raced over flat, open terrain under steady enemy fire and stationed himself in an exposed position, and turned the machine gun on enemy positions and fired steadily into their midst until his ammunition was exhausted. He then directed artillery barrages upon the enemy by means of radio with which the jeep also was equipped. This outstanding display of courage and valor won for him the bronze star.

Gazzaway served his country in World War II & the Korean War.

35th Infantry Division Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

35th Infantry Division
“Sante Fe” Division
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

104th Infanty Division "Timberland" Division Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

104th Infanty Division
“Timberland” Division
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

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The protagonist of my WID (Work in Development) is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.