Gales, James Lenard, HN

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Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
HM-8404-Field Medical Service Technician
Primary Unit
1967-1967, HM-8404, H&S Co, 1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)
Service Years
1965 - 1967



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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bynum, North Carolina
Last Address
Bynum, North Carolina

Casualty Date
May 26, 1967
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Rock Spring Baptist Church Cemetery - Corinth, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20E 115

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  2015, United States Navy Memorial
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
9th Marine Regiment1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)
  1966-1967, HM-8404, 9th Marine Regiment
  1967-1967, HM-8404, H&S Co, 1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Prairie IV
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  Memorial A Team Completed
  Nov 23, 2014, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Was Wounded on 05/13/1967 and died of his wounds in the hospital in the Naval Hospital in the Philippines on  05/26/1967. 


Name of Award
Bronze Star

Gold Letter V  Gold Letter V  Awarded for distinguished actions in combat (valor)
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

GALES, James L., Hospitalman, USN, while serving OS a corpsman with a Marine posthumously, for action on 13 May 1967 unit in the Republic of Vietnam. During a search and clear operation against North Vietnamese Regular Forces, his unit came under heavy fire from camouflage positions and sustained numerous casualties. Hospitalman Gales carried several wounded men behind a tank which had come forward to assist the Marine unit. While thus engaged, he was mortally wounded. The combat distinguishing device is authorized.

General Orders: All Hands (May 1968)
Action Date: May 24, 1967
Service: Navy
Rank: HM
Regiment: US Marine Corps (USMC)/9th Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/9) 
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