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James Charles Fekete
Sergeant First Class
2ND MSFC, DET A-219, B CO, 5TH SF GRP, SPECIAL FORCES
Army of the United States
30 October 1936 - 15 June 1967
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James Charles Fekete was 30 years old when he was killed in action in Vietnam. Officers from the Military Science Department of the University of Chattanooga presented his family with posthumous awards of the Silver Star and the Bronze Star medals.
Jim, a Green Beret, was killed on June 15, 1967 when he charged an enemy machine gun nest. He was a sergeant in the U. S. Army at the time and his company was moving along a heavily wooded area when it received a sudden outburst of Viet Cong machine gun fire from concealed, fortified positions. Sergeant Fekete spotted two machine guns in key positions enabling the Viet Cong to pin down his men. He took three men and worked their way toward the hostile emplacement. When he was close enough, he jumped up, heedless of his own safety in the face of the intense fire, and charged, firing his rifle. He was mortally wounded in this valiant attempt with multiple fragmentation wounds.
The Bronze Star citation noted Sgt. Fekete's "energetic application of his extensive knowledge" materially contributed to the United States mission to the Republic of Vietnam."
Two men from B Company, 5th SF Grp, died on 15 June 1967 while serving with the 2nd Mobile Strike Force Command at the Special Forces camp near Dak To, Kontum Province. Both received posthumous decorations for their actions in combat:
· SFC James C. Fekete, Huron, OH (SS (2 awards), BSM)
· SSG Hubert C. Van Poll, Cottage Grove, OR (DSC)