Sergeant First Class Alvin Flynn Gunter was born on September 5, 1935, and was originally from Rockwood, Tennessee. He served his country in the Vietnam War in the United States Army, as an infantryman in C Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division. He was a 14 year veteran of the Army when his tour in viet began on February 28, 1969. One month later, on March 28, 1969, SFC Gunter was killed under hostile conditions in Binh Long province, South Vietnam; he was 33 years old at the time of his death. SFC Gunter is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 28W, Line 70.

He is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood, Roane County, TN.

“I would truly appreciate contact from anyone who knew my uncle, Alvin Gunter. He died a week after my 21st birthday, at the much-too-early age of 33. I sometimes feel like I didn’t really know him – wish we could have known each other as adults – but he occupies a very special place in my heart.”
-Esther Byrd, niece,

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  • Rank: Sergeant First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 5 September 1935
  • Date of death: 28 March 1969
  • County: Roane
  • Hometown: Rockwood
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Awards: Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Oak Grove Cemetery, Rockwood, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIV, Top Panel
  • Sponsored by: Ethel Stone

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