Summary

Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Birth:
20 Jan 1950 2
Death:
12 Nov 1969 2
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Full Name:
Jerome Higgins 2
Birth:
20 Jan 1950 2
Male 2
Death:
12 Nov 1969 2
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 2
Age at Death: 19 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 12 Nov 1969 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Springfield, OH 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Battalion:
1st Bn 2
Company:
D Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E2 2
Major Command:
1st Mar Div 2
Regiment:
7th Marines 2
Service:
Marine Corps 2
Specialty:
Rifleman (USMC) 2
Tour Start Date:
28 May 1969 2
Years Served:
0 2
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Religion:
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 62 2
Panel: 16W 2

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On 12 November 1969 a patrol from 3rd Platoon, Delta 1/7 Marines encountered a dug-in NVA company on the north-facing slopes of the Que Son Mountains south of An Hoa. The Marines were caught in the open and were pinned in place by mortar and machinegun fire, taking cover in bomb craters and amongst the stubble of dry rice paddies. Air support was called in to help the infantrymen. The infantrymen were able to break contact, but one of the supporting Cobra gunships was shot down and four of the infantry were killed by hostile fire. The size men were D Co, 1st Bn, 7th Marines LCpl Robert B. Hamblett, Roanoke, VA (Silver Star) Pfc Ralph E. Dias, Shelocta, PA (Medal of Honor) Pfc Carl Henderson, Philadelphia, PA Pfc Jerome Higgins, Springfield, OH (Silver Star) AH-1G tail number 68-15080, VMO-2 Major Howard B. Henry, Baltimore, MD (Silver Star) 1stLt Joseph A. Lofton, Akron, OH

SILVER STAR CITATION The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jerome Higgins (2457197), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 12, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Higgins upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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 HIGGINS, JEROME (KIA) Synopsis: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jerome Higgins (2457197), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 12, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Higgins upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Home Town: Springfield, Ohio

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