Douglas, James Dale, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
67E-Single-Engine Airplane Maintenance Chief
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 67E, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Specialist 4


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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Veedersburg
Last Address
Veedersburg

Casualty Date
Feb 18, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Vinh Binh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
40E 004

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 Unit Assignments
13th Aviation Battalion/336th Assault Helicopter Company13th Aviation Battalion164th Aviation Group1st Aviation Brigade
  1967-1968, 67E, 13th Aviation Battalion/336th Assault Helicopter Company
  1967-1968, 67E, 13th Aviation Battalion
  1967-1968, 67E, 164th Aviation Group
  1967-1968, 67E, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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Last Known Activity

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.
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     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

 

   
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Sources:

http://www.teachvietnam.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=13792

http://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=2514&mtch=1&tf=F&q=James+Dale+Douglas&bc=sl,fd&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=88711

http://www.angelfire.com/my/chris20001962/Douglas.html

 

   
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