Lytal, James Francis, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Last Primary MOS
31W-Tactical Electronics Maintenance Chief
Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, US Army Pacific (USARPAC)
Service Years
1946 - 1967
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Sergeant First Class

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Two Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Wanamassa, NJ

Casualty Date
Mar 10, 1967
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Floral Hills Memory Gardens - Pearl, Mississippi
Wall/Plot Coordinates
16E 053

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 Unit Assignments
Panama Canal DepartmentSoutheastern Signal School (Staff) Fort MonmouthUS Army Strategic Communications Command (USA STRATCOM)US Army Pacific (USARPAC)
  1946-1947, Panama Canal Department
  1958-1965, HHC, Southeastern Signal School (Staff) Fort Monmouth, NJ
  1966-1967, US Army Strategic Communications Command (USA STRATCOM)/US Army STRATCOM Okinawa
  1966-1967, US Army Pacific (USARPAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1946-1950 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
  1959-1963 Multiple JUSMAAGV Operations 1959-1963
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
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Last Known Activity

Memorial Service Set for Viet Crash Victim

The Daily Register - Monmouth County NJ
Apr 4, 1967

OCEAN TOWNSHIP — A memorial service will be held in Baldwin, Miss., next week for Sgt. First Class James F. Lytal of Wanamassa who was killed in plane crash in Vietnam on March 10.

Sgt. Lytal's widow, Shizuko L. Lytal, and his two sons, Eddie. 10, and David, 8, will attend the service. Sgt Lytal and his family for three years, from 1958 to 1961, resided at 428 Pacific St., Long Branch, and from 1961 to 1965 at 3005 Appleby Dr., Wanamassa.

In that period, he served as an instructor in the Fort Monmouth Signal School where he taught theory and maintenance of fixed plant carrier equipment. Sgt Lytal had served with the Army since Jul., 1946, in Japan, the Philippines, Korea and Okinawa.

In January last year, he was assigned to the Pacific field office of the Strategic Communications Command and as a noncommissioned officer in charge, he was instrumental in successful installation of the major tape relays in Korat, Thailand and in Da Naiig, Vietnam.

Lytal had been assigned to two months temporary duty in Da Nang when the plane in which he was returning to  Okinawa crashed shortly before reaching Saigon.

A memorial service was held In Okinawa on March 30. Surviving besides his widow and sons are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Lytal of Baldwin, Miss.

SFC Lytal enlisted on 7/25/1946 at Keesler Field, Biloxi Mississippi.
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