Goetz, James Gormon, LCpl

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Lance Corporal
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1967-1967, 9th Marine Regiment
Service Years
1966 - 1967

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt John Langheim to remember Marine LCpl James Gormon Goetz.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Desoto, MO
Last Address
508 Jefferson St.
De Soto, MO 63020

Casualty Date
Mar 16, 1967
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Calvary Cemetery - De Soto, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
16E 090

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1966, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), H/2942
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Infantry Training School(s) WestSchool of Infantry  (SOI WEST)2nd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (2/9)3rd Marine Division
III MAF9th Marine Regiment
  1966-1966, 0300, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment (Cadre)
  1966-1966, 0300, School of Infantry (SOI WEST)
  1966-1967, 0351, Echo Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (2/9)
  1966-1967, 0311, 3rd Marine Division
  1967-1967, 0351, III MAF
  1967-1967, 9th Marine Regiment
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  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
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Jim and I attended Boot Camp together at MCRD San Diego. He was put in charge of our group when we traveled to San Diego. He was a hard charger and gung-ho in Boot Camp. Good man-fine Marine. Sgt. John J.(Joe) Langheim
Died 16Mar67 vicinity of Quang Tri Province Republic of Vietnam result multiple fragmentation wounds to the right side of the head, both shoulders, chest, both hands, both legs, sustained from a hostile explosive device while engaged in action against hostile forces.

UTM grid reference is XD802444

Sgt. Danny Schuster, TWS member, who served with Jim, 16Mar67 with Echo 2/9, sent me the following recollections: I did know Jim and was with him the day he died on Hill 861 at Khe Sanh. We were on a PPB and walked into an ambush that morning. Jim was among 12 men from our platoon that was KIA that day. By the time that damned day was over 18 Marines from 1st Platoon of Echo and a platoon from Bravo 1/9 that came to our assistance were dead and 59 wounded. Most of the men died from mortar fire. We saw almost no NVA and had to have airstrikes called in virtually on top of us to save most of the men who lived. Parts of the cannisters from 500 pound napalm bombs being dropped landed right in the middle of our defensive positions in a bamboo thicket on the side of the hill. How the hell no one was hurt or killed by them is anyone's guess, but no one got hurt. Most of the KIA came later in the day when the gooks mortared us on every move we made. Four of us that did get off the hill without being hit did so only because we carried the most seriously wounded man onto the first med-evac chopper that was able to land. The mortars rained down almost as soon as we were up the ramp with him and resulted in at least half the KIA from our platoon right than. The chopper took off with the ramp in shreads and us on it, a mortar having landed right in the middle of it. As it was related to me later Jim died during that mortar barrage.
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