Alan Gensner was a Columbus, Ohio, native. He attended hospitalman “A” school in San Diego and field medical service school at Camp Pendleton, California. He served as a Navy hospital corpsman attached to the 4th Marine Division, 2nd Battalion. Gensner deployed to Vietnam in May 1967.
During Operation Fremont on July 12, 1967, he was injured by a landmine. He received considerable shrapnel wounds to his left leg and right arm. Gensner tended to his own injuries as well as those of nearby Marines amidst an intense period of combat. He received a Purple Heart for these injuries.
Gensner was honorably discharged in 1969 at the rank of E-4, after his selfless request to rejoin the war was denied due to his previously sustained injuries. He received the Vietnam Service Medal with a bronze star device.
Later, he became a registered nurse and met his wife of 26 years, Jane, while working at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. They had two children together, Philip and Beth. Philip retired in 2019 as a sergeant first class from the Army. Beth serves veterans as a staff psychologist at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center in Ohio, the same facility where her late father received care.
Alan passed away at 55 years old on May 25, 2001, which was Memorial Day weekend.
We honor his service.
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