In Memory

Gary Port

Gary Port

PFC, Regular Army 173rd Airborne Brigade
KIA (Killed In Action)Feb 13,1968 In DARLAC,SOUTH VIETNAM

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02/07/09 12:45 AM #1    

Louise Jacobs (DeValk)

Gary was such a character. We always were doing some of the most ridiculous things having kid fun. Gary always loved to light firecrackers. He wouldn't throw them until the last minute! Worried the shit out of me. Once he even blow off a few finger tips. We would hike, go froggin, play catch and just hang out. It was no surprise to me that he joined up in the para-troopers. I remember when I got the news that he got killed in "Nam" while parachuting out of a plane. He did it for our freedom. I went to DC and found him on the great Vietnam Wall and cried and cried because this made the whole thing final ~ I alway thought I would run into him some day ~ as it was one of his pranks. Gary you are and will always be a hero to me. Love you man ~ we will meet again. Rest in Peace

02/09/09 08:07 PM #2    

Donna Rhodes (Seversen)

I knew Gary since Miss Hattan's fourth grade class at Mary E. Silvera School in Marinwood. He sat next to me the whole year. We always got in trouble for whispering during silent reading time. Gary's family lived one block over from mine. Gary being killed in Vietnam devastated me. Not only was his death my first experience with that kind of loss but it brought the war into my protected little world, big time. I went to see the traveling replica of the war memorial last summer at Santa Rosa Memorial Cemetary. I found Gary's name on the wall and cried like I did the day I found out. Gary - I am so proud of you and feel honored to have known you. You are missed.

02/13/09 03:12 PM #3    

Diane Deen (Toci)

Gary was killed in Vietnam not long after he arrived there and I remember how sad his funeral was. Later in Truckee, where I lived and raised my sons while I was coaching I ran across his namesake, Gary Port, who was one of the best kids Truckee produced, good looking, smart, sweet, anyway, it turned out he was the son of Gary's brother, who owned a gas station in Donner Lake and named his son after the brother he lost.

03/12/09 08:58 PM #4    

John Johnson

I remember paling around with Gary during our years at Mary E Silveria. Those are good memories of a friend who died to young. I looked up his name on the Vietnam Wall when I was in Washington D.C. in October 2001. I enjoyed hearing he has a namesake running around Truckee.

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