Neisess, James Allen, CPT

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Last Rank
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Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 1542, MACV Advisory Team 70
Service Years
1962 - 1967
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Walla Walla

Casualty Date
Oct 02, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Binh Long (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
27E 040

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Infantry Shoulder Cord

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2015, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1962, Armor Officer Basic Course (Fort Knox, KY), A
 Unit Assignments
Army Garrison, Fort Hood, TXUS Army Europe (USAREUR)Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1963-1964, 1203, Army Garrison, Fort Hood, TX
  1964-1966, 4803, US Army Europe (USAREUR)
  1967-1967, 1542, MACV Advisory Team 70
 Colleges Attended 
University of Washington
  1958-1962, University of Washington
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Local Man Dies in Combat

    Capt. James A. Neisess, graduate of WA-Hi in 1957, died in Vietnam 2 Oct (1967) from a gunshot wound received in an air mobile combat operation when his unit was engaged in a firefight with a hostile force, according to a Department of Defense telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Grace Neisess, 1223 University.
    He had been serving with a U.S. Military Assistance Command Group near Saigon until recently when he requested field duty. He had been working with visiting foreign officers and educated Vietnamese, his knowledge of the French language in which he was especially proficient having been called into play by his superior officers.
    His body has been recovered and positively identified, the telegram from Maj. Gen. Kenneth G. Wickham, adjutant general, stated.
    Capt. Neisess had been in Vietnam since early this year. He was to have gone on a rest and recreation leave to Hawaii yesterday, having planned to meet his wife and their two-year-old daughter there. His year in Vietnam would have been up late next January. He left Fort Ord CA, 23 Jan 1967.
    An avid student of ROTC both at WA-Hi and the University of Washington from which he was graduated in 1962, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. During his years at the University he spent six months at the University of Grenoble, France. He majored in chemistry where he earned the designation of Distinguished Military Graduate. He was an honor student at WA-Hi.
    His first assignment was at the Armor School at Fort Knox KY. He graduated there in June, 1962 with the No. 1 academic rating in his class. Armor School graduates are required to pass a unique test of physical endurance and academic knowledge of armor. Each officer is required to run a seven-mile cross-country course in which he stops at 20 test stations at each of which he is given a problem involving the utilization of knowledge acquired in the eight-week course.
    Later he served at Fort Hood TX and it was during that assignment he was alerted for duty in the Cuban crisis. In 1963 he took part in Operation Big Lift, when his unit was flown to Germany. Later he served with a U.S. Maintenance Unit in Germany 26 months. It was during that period of service he met and married his wife, her home having been in Strasbourg, France. They were married 29 Aug 1964.
    They returned to the U.S. in August, 1966, Capt. Neisess having been stationed at Fort Knox. He received his captaincy in Germany. He attended an advanced technical school at Fort Knox. His mother visited Capt. and Mrs. Neisess and her granddaughter at Fort Knox.
    Neisess was born 10 Nov 1938 at Conrad MT.
    Surviving in addition to his mother, his wife and their daughter, Aimee Christine, his sister, Mrs. Gordon (Carol Ann) D'Onofrio, Oakland CA.. Mrs. Grace Neisess is librarian at the Pendleton Junior High School. The younger Mrs. Neisess resides in Pacific Grove CA.
    The funeral will be in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington VA.
    One of Capt. Neisess' major interests here as a youth was the Boy Scouts. He was a member of Troop 5 at the Evergreen district clubhouse.
    Neisess was the sixth Walla Wallan or former Walla Wallan to die in military service in Vietnam. Others have been Specialist Donald Wayne Hart, Lt. (jg) Edward Letchworth, Pfc. Lowell Eugene Schultz, Pfc Clyde Murr and Spec. 4 Greg L. Gessel. (Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Sunday 8 Oct 1967)
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