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JAMES ALBERT GRAHAM


is honored on Panel 21E, Line 46 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Medal of Honor

    Posted on 6/3/17 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    James Albert Graham
    Date of birth: August 25, 1940
    Date of death: DOW June 3, 1967
    Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
    Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Wilkinsburg
    Home of record: Prince Georges Maryland
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Medal of Honor

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Captain James Albert Graham (MCSN: 0-88847), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 2 June 1967, while serving with Company F, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against enemy forces in Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam. During Operation UNION II, the First Battalion, Fifth Marines, consisting of Companies A and D, with Captain Graham's company attached launched an attack against an enemy occupied position with two companies assaulting and one in reserve. Company F, a leading company, was proceeding across a clear paddy area 1,000 meters wide, attacking toward the assigned objective, when it came under fire from mortars and small arms which immediately inflicted a large number of casualties. Hardest hit by the enemy fire was the 2d platoon of Company F, which was pinned down in the open paddy area by intense fire from two concealed machineguns. Forming an assault unit from members of his small company headquarters, Captain Graham boldly led a fierce assault through the second platoon's position, forcing the enemy to abandon the first machinegun position, thereby relieving some of the pressure on his second platoon, and enabling evacuation of the wounded to a more secure area. Resolute to silence the second machinegun, which continued its devastating fire, Captain Graham's small force stood steadfast in its hard won enclave. Subsequently, during the afternoon's fierce fighting, he suffered two minor wounds while personally accounting for an estimated 15 enemy killed. With the enemy position remaining invincible upon each attempt to withdraw to friendly lines, and although knowing that he had no chance of survival, he chose to remain with one man who could not be moved due to the seriousness of his wounds. The last radio transmission from Captain Graham reported that he was being assaulted by a force of 25 enemy soldiers; he died while protecting himself and the wounded man he chose not to abandon. Captain Graham's actions throughout the day were a series of heroic achievements. His outstanding courage, superb leadership and indomitable fighting spirit undoubtedly saved the second platoon from annihilation and reflected great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps, and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    Action Date: 2-Jun-67

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Captain

    Company: Company F

    Battalion: 2d Battalion

    Regiment: 5th Marines

    Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
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  • Remerbering.

    Posted on 5/29/17 - by # 2268112
    Thank you Skipper, so many lived because of your sacrifice. You was right, it was the only option left. Semper Fi
  • The Best

    Posted on 2/9/17 - by BRANT CASFORD bcasford@yahoo.com
    no greater sacrifice than dying protecting your men...anyone have any idea who the Marine was that was wounded and Capt Graham stayed behind to protect?
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  • Thank you sir

    Posted on 10/20/16 - by Kenny D
    You are with the Almighty now ..
    You gave it your all
    A true Marine
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  • Peace with Honor

    Posted on 5/1/16 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN
    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor James.
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