Fekete, James Charles, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 11B10, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Service Years
1954 - 1967


Special Forces
Sergeant First Class


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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1936
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Huron
Last Address
Huron

Casualty Date
Jun 15, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Chattanooga National Cemetery - Chattanooga, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
21E 104

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Det B-20 2nd Mobile Strike Force Command, Company B (II CTZ) Detachment C-2 (Pleiku)5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1966-1967, 11B10, Det B-20 2nd Mobile Strike Force Command, Company B (II CTZ) Detachment C-2 (Pleiku)
  1966-1967, 11B10, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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
Huron, Ohio
Panel 21E Line 104
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)
   
Comments/Citation
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 21E 104

FEKETE, JAMES C
SFC   US ARMY
VIETNAM
DATE OF BIRTH: 10/30/1936
DATE OF DEATH: 06/15/1967
BURIED AT: SECTION BB  SITE 91
1200 BAILEY AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
(423) 855-6590
   
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