Armstrong, James Leonard, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11B40-Infantry Platoon Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 11B40, A Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1970 - 1971


One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pauls Valley, OK
Last Address
Pauls Valley, OK

Casualty Date
Apr 11, 1971
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mount Olivet Cemetery - Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04W 117

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
11th Infantry Brigade (Light)1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment
  1970-1971, 11B40, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1970-1971, 11B40, A Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)/Operation Finney Hill
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Casualty Occurrence: See Below.

On April 11, 1971, the 1-20 Infantry Headquarters located at LZ Liz observed an Easter Sunday service with the battalion chaplain, CAPT Merle D. Brown. A hot meal was provided, brought in by a resupply helicopter earlier in the day. At 1600 hours, Alpha Company's resupply ship, Dolphin 21 (ship #191), returned to 3rd Platoon to pick up the empty cans and personnel. While departing the 3rd Platoon field location, Dolphin 21 was hit by either one rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) or an M-79 round. The aircrew attempted to fly the aircraft out of the LZ; however, it was hit by a second RPG or M-79 round which caused the aircraft to crash into the LZ and burn. The LZ then came under a heavy volume of small arms fire, M-79, RPG, B-40 rocket, and machine gun fire from the northeast, east, and south of the perimeter at a distance of 75-100 meters. The crew chief on the aircraft, SP4 Wayne C. Baggett, and CAPT Brown were fatally injured in the incident. Nine other U.S. personnel were killed in the battle to secure the downed helicopter. They included SSGT Jean P. Humbert, SGT James L. Armstrong, SP4 Jon M. Melin, SP4 Jack P. Begley, PFC Douglas A. Varner, PFC Joseph E. Schoolmeesters, PFC Edward P Pilkington, PFC Richard M. Warren, and PFC Joe R. Silva. Another ten were wounded. [Taken from]
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