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SP4 James Dale Douglas was killed by a grenade. He was survived by his wife.
He is buried in Osborne Prairie Cemetery, Stone Bluff, Indiana.
SP4 James Dale Douglas is honored on Panel 40E, Row 4 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
On the 18th and 19th an RF north of Soc Trang was put into operation. The Warriors put elements of the 21st Division into various landing zones without incident. The two day operation yielded a total of 109 VC killed, 4 VC captured, one PRC., 10 radios, 60mm mortar, fourteen rifles and one BAR captured.
In the darkness of the morning of the 18th, at 0330 hours and again at 0555 hours, the VC fired their recoilless rifles at Soc Trang. This time they had more serious results, SP4 Douglas was killed as he guarded his aircraft. Capt. Knight,T-Bird Chief was wounded while trying to get his Hog gunship airborne, as were his gunner SP4 Richard Dorland and crew chief SP4 Haneysett. A T-Bird armorer, SP4 Steven Filak was also wounded by shrapnel.
One Warrior ship was completely destroyed. Extensive damage was done to two gunships and almost all Warrior ships had shrapnel holes.
At dawn, WO Garry Sheppard took off in support of the troops preparing to sweep the Tigers Tail (a curving, long, dense area of foliage off the east end of the airfield). As he conducted a visual recon to positively identify the friendlies, his ship was shot down by heavy automatic weapons fire. The ship caught fire and exploded on impact. WO Garry Sheppard, WO Michael Koskovich, SP4 Leonard Phipps and SP4 Donald Ewalt were killed.
Army Serial Number: Serial Number: 55855237