Blackmon, James Willie, MSG

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11F50-Infantry Operations and Intelligence NCO
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 11F50, MACV Advisory Team 18
Service Years
1953 - 1970

Master Sergeant


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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Williamston, SC
Last Address
Bogalusa, LA

Casualty Date
Aug 01, 1970
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Other Accident
Location
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Providence Church Cemetery - Williamston, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
08W 074

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Forces Korea (USFK)2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1953-1953, 1745, United States Forces Korea (USFK)
  1957-1957, 1745, United States Forces Korea (USFK)
  1964-1966, 11F40, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry
  1964-1966, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1966-1970, 11F10, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1970-1970, 11F50, MACV Advisory Team 18
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
  1957-1957 Deployment - Korean DMZ Armistice Enforcement
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
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  Dec 05, 2017, General Photos8
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Last Known Activity

 

SILVER STAR MEDAL AWARD (KOREAN WAR): Master Sergeant James W. Blackmon, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 3d Infantry Division in Korea. He served as an Infantry Operations And Intelligence Specialist (Instructor) and was assigned in Vietnam to ADV TEAM 18, HQ, MACV ADVISORS, MACV. See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/95992




Master Sgt. U.S. Army, Vietnam War-MSgt. Blackmon was a Veteran of Two wars, Korea and Vietnam and died on his seconf tour in Vetnam from a non-hostile incident on 8-1-1970 while serving as an Infantry Operations & Intel Specialist with the ADV Team 18, HQ, MACV Advisors, MACV. MSgt. Blackmon started his tour of Vietnam on 1-32-1970. MSgt  Blackmon is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Willie Blackmon of Bogalusa, Louisiana, and the husband of Mrs. James Blackmon of Louisiana, and he was of the Baptist faith. Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, Soldier's Medal, 2nd Combat Infantry Badge, Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Five Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with Devices. He was the son of Mrs. Ellen Blackmon Tucker and was born in Williamston. He attended Caroline High School and was a member of the New Prospect Baptist Church.

   
Comments/Citation


M/Sgt. Blackmon was killed in action in Vietnam on August 1, 1970 while performing a heroic mission according to his obituary.  Blackmon volunteered to attempt to rescue a Vietnamese boy, about 15 years old, who had fallen into a mine field.  

   
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