Jaggers, Thomas Murl, Cpl
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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0331-Machine Gunner
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Last Unit
1966-1967, 0331, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)/Golf Co
Service Years
1965 - 1967

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Home State
Mississippi
Mississippi
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Greenville
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 04, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Misadventure
Location
Quang Tri
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Pleasant Grove Cemetery - Pontotoc, Mississippi
Wall/Plot Coordinates
19E, 037

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 Unit Assignments
3rd Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
  1966-1967, 0331, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)/Golf Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Kern
  1966-1966 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Shasta
  1966-1966 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Macon
  1966-1966 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Allegheny
  1966-1967 Camp Carroll
  1966-1967 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Prairie
  1967-1967 Khe Sanh Combat Base
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Battle of Khe Sanh (Hill Fights)
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Beacon Star
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Prairie II
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Beau Diddly
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Cpl Thomas Murl Jaggers was a "short-timer" in G/2/3, a southern-accent speaking Marine from Mississippi, and given the option of remaining aboard ship (2/3 was the SLF) or to the operation. He chose to be in the field with his friends. "We had just gotten a resupply of food, and Jaggers had been transferred out of a line company to Supply and took charge of all of the food from the helicopter. He filled his hole with cases of C-rations. I remember we were all sitting around his hole, and while we were talking and he was giving us our individual food some artillery rounds started falling in. They were our own rounds and some of them landed short. Jaggers was killed and another guy lost his leg.

   
Comments/Citation
On 24 April 1967, a patrol from Bravo Company became engaged with a NVA force of unknown size north of Hill 861. This action prematurely triggered a North Vietnamese offensive aimed at taking Khe Sanh. The NVA forces were in the process of gaining elevated terrain before the launching of the main attack. The 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the 3rd Marine Regiment, under the command of Colonel John P. Lanigan, reinforced KSCB (Khe Sanh Combat Base) and were given the task of pushing the North Vietnamese off of Hills 861, 881 North, and 881 South. North Vietnamese forces were driven out of the area around Khe Sanh after suffering 940 casualties. The Marines suffered 155 killed in action and 425 wounded. In order to prevent NVA observation of the main base at the airfield (and their possible use as firebases), the hills of the surrounding Khe Sanh Valley had to be continuously occupied and defended by separate Marine elements, thereby spreading out the defense. In the wake of the hill fights there was a lull in NVA activity around Khe Sanh. By the end of May, Marine forces were again drawn down from two battalions to one, the 1st Battalion 26th Marines. Lieutenant General Robert E. Cushman, Jr. relieved General Walt as commander of III MAF in June.

   
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