Hershel Beecher Gooding was born in Jamestown, Fentress County, Tennessee, to Cluie Hobson Gooding and Ollie Ethel Smith.
Private First Class Gooding was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in Korea.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 12 December 1934
- Date of death: 19 March 1953
- County: Fentress
- Hometown: Jamestown
- Service Branch: Marine Corps
- Division/Assignment: 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
- Conflict: Korean War
- Awards: Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal
- Burial/Memorial Location: Taylor Cemetery, Jamestown, Fentress County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XX, Middle Panel
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