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John was born in Green Bay on July 20, 1951 to Bob and Trudy Mommaerts Gmack. John graduated from Premontre High School in 1969 and was sent to Vietnam as part of 2nd Platoon, A Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, United States Army Republic of Vietnam, Army of the United States on February 6, 1970.
In just over 3 months, he received numerous awards, such as the Bronze Star and the Air Medal for heroic or meritorious achievement in a combat zone and in aerial flight. He had over 20 jumps from a helicopter into enemy territory. He was a walking point as well as serving as a respected radio operator.
Corporal John Gmack died on May 28, 1970 at Fire Support Base Buttons (Song Be) after being medevac’d from Cambodia. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal effective the day before he died. He was 18 year old.