Staff Sgt. Wallace Gumbs, a Green Beret, was killed Jan. 6 1968, during a demolitions training accident while training rural Thai Provincial Police units during the U.S. Special Forces led in counter-insurgency operations course in Camp Chaw Haw, Korat, Thailand. Gumbs’ memorial was erected shortly after his untimely death by the Camp Chaw Haw Commander, Police Maj. Gen. Chookiat Partipasaen in 1968.
Since that time, and every year, the partnered Thai Provincial Police, local members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Special Forces Association, and any active duty 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) members in the country, make their way to the memorial and honor Gumbs’ sacrifice and legacy.
On Jan. 5, members from the 1st SFG (A) and partnered forces in Thailand commemorated the 50th anniversary of Gumbs’ tragic death.
“This year marked 50 years and we thought it fitting to highlight his service to the Thai people, his nation and recognize his service as a member of the 46th Special Forces Company, 1st SFG (A) has made to the Kingdom of Thailand,” said Col. Larry Redmon, U.S. Army Attaché to Thailand and former 1st SFG (A) officer.