McKinney, Jerry Layne, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
Last MOSGroup
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 0311, F Co, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Private 1st Class


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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Eden ( Leaksville )
Last Address
Eden, NC ( Leaksville )

Casualty Date
Apr 08, 1967
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Ridgeview Memorial Gardens - Eden, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
panel 17E, line 126

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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Rifle Sharpshooter

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
MCRD (Cadre) Parris Island, SC1st Infantry Training Regiment (Cadre)2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4), 4th Marine Regiment
  1966-1966, 0311, MCRD (Cadre) Parris Island, SC
  1966-1966, 0311, 1st Infantry Training Regiment (Cadre)
  1966-1967, 0311, F Co, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Independence
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
PFC McKinney was on a squad-size patrol near Cay Sung (1), 6 K from the Tuy Loan Bridge when it was ambushed on three sides by an unknown number of NVA. By the time the Sparrow Hawk reaction force scrambled to assist, 4 survivors had made it back to the CP, all of them WIA. The other eight were all KIA. (LCpl Othel Thomas later died of his wounds).PFC James Popp's heroism broke the ambush and allowed the three to survive. He was awarded the Navy Cross Posthumously and it is included in his profile.

US Marine PFC Jerry Layne McKinney, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Leaksville which is now Eden, NC.

US Marine Private First Class Jerry Layne McKinney was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Marine Corps, PFC McKinney served our country until April 8th, 1967 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was not married. It was reported that Jerry died from artillery fire. His body was recovered. Jerry was born on February 9th, 1947 in Leaksville, North Carolina. PFC Mc Kinney is on panel 17E, line 126 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.

Morehead High School Friend 1966: Jerry, I have visited you at the Wall and I will continue to do so. Remember when we were in drafting class together and how much fun we had playing practical jokes on the instructor. Remember working at the A&P Supermarket to have spending money in our small town. May God grant you eternal rest. You are not forgotten, your friend Bob. Robert Hylton, 28 Shoreham Dr, Coatesville PA 19320,

He was the son of Mr and Mrs Harry T McKinney, 215 Oakwood Drive, Leaksville, NC.

He served with Foxtrot Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd MAF.

He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon(CAR), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.
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