McDonough, James M, Jr., CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
Service Years
1962 - 1966

Infantry

Captain



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Home State
Maine
Maine
Year of Birth
1939
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Portland
Last Address
Portland

Casualty Date
Aug 02, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vietnam, South
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Calvary Cemetery - South Portland, Maine
Wall/Plot Coordinates
09E 099

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
  1966-1966, 1542, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment
  1966-1966, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1958-1962, United States Military Academy
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Last Known Activity


AWARDS AND CITATIONS
Silver Star
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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain (Infantry) James M. McDonough, Jr. (ASN: 0-96057), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. Captain McDonough distinguished himself on 2 August 1966, while serving as a Platoon Leader during a company search and destroy operation in the Republic of Vietnam. While moving toward its objective, Captain McDonough's company uncovered a Viet Cong base camp and immediately received intense hostile fire. Captain McDonough, quickly realizing that the numerically superior Viet Cong force was maneuvering to encircle his unit, repositioned his men. At this time, the insurgents began to mortar attack the besieged American unit. Realizing that his troops could not successfully break contact at this time, Captain McDonough directed the retaliatory fire of his men. Seeing his radio operator lying wounded in an exposed position, Captain McDonough, with complete disregard for his safety, crawled through intense hostile fire and dragged his wounded comrade to a covered position. After administering first aid, he called in an accurate artillery barrage upon the assaulting insurgents which repulsed them. During the lull that followed, Captain McDonough moved among his men giving instructions, attending the wounded, and reorganizing the defense. When a second Viet Cong assault began under the cover of mortar fire, Captain McDonough again called for and adjusted artillery fire. He then repeatedly braved the hostile fire while moving among his men, directing their fire and repositioning them until he was mortally wounded by hostile machine gun fire. Through his courageous efforts, Captain McDonough contributed immeasurably in repelling the Viet Cong force until a friendly relief force arrived. His extraordinary heroism in close combat against a numerically superior Viet Cong force was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Vietnam, General Orders No. 6041 (October 15, 1966)

Action Date: 2-Aug-66

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: Company A

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 35th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade

Division: 25th Infantry Division
   
Comments/Citation
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 09E 099
   
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