Obituary of Jerrald Eugene Giles |

Obituary of Jerrald Eugene Giles

Lt. Col, Jerrald Eugene Giles, United States Marine Corps-Ret., passed away Aug. 10, 2014, surrounded by his loving family in Grass Valley, Calif.

Jerry’s life, which began on Oct. 20, 1935, in Spokane, Wash., was filled with adventure. He grew up in Moscow, Idaho, where during his years at the University of Idaho he was a forest firefighter and smokejumper.

His career in the Marine Corps began immediately after. He served as White House Aide to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as serving three tours in Vietnam, earning a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, the Navy Commendation Medal and Purple Heart.

He and the rifle company he commanded for 11 months, Kilo 3/9, are featured prominently in several chapters in the book “Operation Buffalo, USMC Fight for the DMZ.”

After retirement, he became a leader in the field of personal development, facilitating seminars on three continents.

Retirement in Grass Valley finally gave him the opportunity to write about his experiences in Vietnam and spend time in nature once again. “I’m just ‘Paul Potato’ from Idaho,” he always used to say.

He is survived by his wife Timmy; sister Carolyn Rowland; daughter Michelle Foster; sons, Jerry Jr. and Daniel; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. at Lake Wildwood Community Center, Oak Room, on Sept. 21. Burial at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors will be announced at a later date.

Donations to Welcome Home Vets in lieu of flowers are suggested, P.O Box 189, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

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