Molpus, James Davis, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1966 - 1968


First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
May 02, 1968
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Memory Park Cemetery - Longview, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
54E 012

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 5th Infantry25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1968-1968, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry/C Company
  1968-1968, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On May 02, 1968, elements of the battalion task force conducted checkpoint operations and a sweep of Grid XS 7292.
Company C, still OPCON to the 2/34th Armor, started the day conducting road clearing and security operations on Highway 1 between Trang Bang and Phuoc My. Later that day, at 1500 hours, while working the area of Highway 237, just northwest of Trung Lap, a booby trapped hand grenade was detonated and wounded two Bobcats from Company C. Both men died from the wounds they received. The other soldier KIA was
Charles Herbert Turner Find A Grave Memorial# 1265973

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In May 1968 when I heard my old football teammate from Longview High School in Texas had died, I almost quit a special Enlisted Commissioning Program in the Marines to go reek revenge on those who would kill somebody with as good a heart as Jimmy Molpus. I didn't even know he was in the Army much less a 1st Lt.! I would eventually go to Vietnam as a Marine officer myself in 1970. Jimmy had once given this perennial football bench-sitter some encouraging words that inspired me to work harder at practice and stick to it...sitting on the bench still but contributing by being a human blocking dummy for the team. Not quitting and building character were what Jimmy, a class ahead of me, inspired in me. He was a good human being and took the time to encourage this underclassman when I was really down on myself. I'll miss Jimmy Molpus. Dan Kellum, former 1stLt. Echo Co., 2/1 Marines, Vietnam 1970...and substitute wide receiver/practice squad

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