Amendola, James Joseph, CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 1542, Det B-32 (Tay Ninh)/Det A-326 (Ben Cat/Go Dau Ho (new))
Service Years
1965 - 1969
Foreign Language(s)
Vietnamese

Infantry


Special Forces
Captain



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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Closter, NJ
Last Address
Closter, NJ

Casualty Date
Jul 29, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Woodlawn Cemetery - Bronx, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20W 068

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryNew Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Parachutist (Basic)
Special Forces

 
 Unit Assignments
5th Special Forces Group (A)
  1968-1969, 1542, Det B-32 (Tay Ninh)/Det A-326 (Ben Cat/Go Dau Ho (new))
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
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Last Known Activity

Captain Amendola was killed in action while engaging a larger enemy force near Tra Cu in Hau Nghia Province. Two other men of his Special Forces "A" Team died in the engagement, SFC John F. Murphy and Sgt John W. Whisenant

Murph, as he was referred to, was killed in action on July 29, 1969 near Tra Cu in military zone III. While out on patrol with James Amendola, John (Bac Si) Whisenant, and other team members, the patrol encountered a large NVA force infiltrating through the A-team's area of operations.

Caught in a cross fire from a superior enemy force, Murph directed air support and the insertion of additional friendly units until mortal wounds finally overcame him.

He was on the radio for several hours coordinating and directing operations even though severly wounded in the leg. Several of us could hear him but were powerless to assist until it was too late. He was a kind person that quietly performed his work in a highly professional manner.

His fellow team members miss his humor, perspective, and company.

David F. Siciliano, At the time I was the executive officer of the A-team (1LT).
dsiciliano2@sbcglobal.net 

The action described above took place about 6 kilometers west of the Special Forces camp at Tra Cu. Nine American soldiers died, three from the Special Forces patrol and six from the infantry company inserted to assist the patrol:

  • Det A-326 (Tra Cu), A Co, 5th SF Group
  • D Company, 2/27th Infantry
    • CPT James C. Kotrc, Omaha, NE (Dist Svc Cross)
    • SFC Stephen D. Gleckler, Salem, OR
    • SGT Larry L. Riddle, Minneapolis, MN
    • CPL Randall M. Denton, Lawrence, MA
    • CPL John E. Hisey, Marysville, OH
    • SP4 Kris E. Shaw, Rockford, IL
   
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