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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Lance Corporal 1
Birth:
01 Apr 1947 1
Death:
01 Aug 1968 1
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Full Name:
James Howard Jones 1
Birth:
01 Apr 1947 1
Male 1
Death:
01 Aug 1968 1
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 1
Age at Death: 21 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 01 Aug 1968 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Residence:
Hometown: Beltsville, MD 1
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 1
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Lance Corporal 1
Battalion:
1st Recon Bn 1
Company:
E Co 1
Enlistment Type:
Regular 1
Grade:
E3 1
Major Command:
1st Mar Div 1
Service:
Marine Corps 1
Specialty:
Rifleman (USMC) 1
Tour Start Date:
29 Nov 1967 1
Years Served:
1 1
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Religion:
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 43 1
Panel: 50W 1

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Stories

Thank you Marine for your service to this great nation and to our Corps....

THE WALL

Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same

The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces

Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives


"War drew us from our homeland

In the sunlit springtime of our youth.

Those who did not come back alive remain

 in perpetual springtime -- forever young --

And a part of them is with us always."

--- Author Unknown ---

 God Bless  You                 

 

 


Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal James H. Jones, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Grenadier with Company E, First Reconnaissance Battalion, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam.

In the early morning hours of 1 August 1968, Lance Corporal Jones was a member of a sixteen man reconnaissance team occupying an observation post on Hill 200 southwest of DaNang when his unit suddenly came under heavy attack by a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force utilizing anti-tank rockets, hand grenades, bangalore torpedoes and small arms.

Occupying a fortified position at the point of heaviest attack, Lance Corporal Jones was wounded in the initial moments of the attack when his bunker was destroyed by a satchel charge. Ignoring his painful injuries, he unhesitatingly moved along the trench line to another bunker, engaging in hand-to-hand combat and killing three enemy soldiers en route.

Upon reaching the partially demolished position, he fearlessly exposed himself to enemy fire in order to accurately hurl hand grenades and fire his weapon at the North Vietnamese soldiers who were infiltrating his position on all sides. Although wounded again by grenade fragments, he completely disregarded his own safety as he resolutely remained in his position and continued to hurl grenades until he was mortally wounded.

His heroic actions and aggressive fighting spirit in the face of overwhelming odds inspired all who observed him and undoubtedly saved the lives of several Marines. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: 1-Aug-68
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Lance Corporal
Company: Company E
Battalion: 1st Reconnaissance Battalion
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF

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