Summary

Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Birth:
16 Jan 1949 2
Death:
11 Jun 1968 2
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Full Name:
James Alvin Phipps 2
Birth:
16 Jan 1949 2
Male 2
Death:
11 Jun 1968 2
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 2
Age at Death: 19 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 11 Jun 1968 2
Casualty Location: LZ Torch, 14 k SSE of KSCB 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Compton, CA 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:
C Btry 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E2 2
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 2
Regiment:
12th Marines 2
Service:
Marine Corps 2
Specialty:
Field Artillery Cannoneer (USMC) 2
Tour Start Date:
05 Jan 1968 2
Years Served:
0 2
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Religion:
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 28 2
Panel: 58W 2

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Vietnam Veteran

Quang Tri, Vietnam

Private First Class James Alvin Phipps joined Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Republic of South Vietnam on 5 January 1968.
He was a field artillery cannoneer assigned to gun 5, 105 howitzers.
During operation LZ Torch, in the early morning hours of 11 June 1968, near Khe Sanh, Charlie Battery came under a heavy volume of motar and small arms, with automatic weapons fire supporting an aggressive assalt by a company size North Vietnamese Army Force.
PFC James Phipps was killed by small arms fire. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

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