Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/29/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear Captain James Albert Graham, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
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If I should die...remembrances for CAPT James Albert GRAHAM, USMC...who made the ultimate sacrifice!Posted on 7/23/12 - by
If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you. Captain Graham earned the Congressional Medal of HONOR!...the highest military award AMERICA CAN GIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CHANGED MY LIFEPosted on 5/27/12 - by SGT. MIKE LOPEZ MLL4133@MSN.COMI WAS A PVT. JUST OUT OF PARRIS ISLAND,FROM THERE H&S 81'S 36 2nd MAR DIVMORE
I HAVE REMEMBERED HIM FOR THE LAST 45 YEARS GOD TOOK HIM HOME MUCH TOO SOON.
HeadstonePosted on 2/21/07 - by 1st Sgt Jim Reece email@example.com MORE
Who Shall We SendPosted on 3/14/05 - by Dave Avery firstname.lastname@example.org"An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."MORE
Facta Non Verba
The Philadelphia Inquirer - October 29, 1968Posted on 1/13/05 - by Jim McIlhenney email@example.comWidow to Get Honor MedalMORE
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (AP). - A Marine Captain who refused to abandon a wounded comrade in the face of a massive enemy assault in Vietnam was named Monday to receive the Medal of Honor posthumously.
The widow of Capt. James A. Graham, Mrs. Janice Graham, of Forrestville, Md., will receive the medal in a ceremony Tuesday at the Marine Barracks.
Secretary of the Navy Paul R. Ignatius will present the award, 55th of the Vietnam War.
Graham died in action on June 2, 1967, in South Vietnam's Quang Tin province while commanding a company which fell under heavy fire.
We RememberPosted on 12/19/04 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgJames is buried at Arlington Nat Cem.
Who's Who in Marine Corps HistoryPosted on 2/24/04CAPT James A. Graham, USMCMORE
SEMPER FIDELIS, SIR!
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS FINE YOUNG MARINE CORPS OFFICER WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE>>>>>CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR<<<<<Posted on 6/2/02 - by CLAY MARSTONCAPTAINMORE
JAMES ALBERT GRAHAM
1st MARINE DIVISION
FLEET MARINE FORCE
and was a posthumous recipient of the
MEDAL OF HONOR
who rests in honored glory in
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
" WHERE VALOR PROUDLY SLEEPS "
FOR AWARD OF THE
MEDAL OF HONOR
QUANG TIN PROVINCE
REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
2 JUNE 1967
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life
above and beyond the call of duty. During OPERATION UNION II,
the 1st Battalion, 5th 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 1000 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 2nd Platoon of Company 'F', which was pinned down in the
open paddy area by intense fire from two concealed machine-guns.
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 machine-gun position, thereby relieving some of
the pressure on his second position, enabling evacuation of the
wounded to a more secure area. Resolute to silence the second
machine-gun, 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
United States Marine Corps, and the U.S. Naval service.
He gallantly gave his life for his country.
MEDAL OF HONOR
was presented to his family
on 29 October 1968
Secretary of the United States Navy
Paul R. Ignatius
THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL
AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE
Accepted as an astronaut, Graham wanted to serve in Nam first.Posted on 6/2/02 - by David R. SanchezFew officers command the love and respect that Capt. Graham earned. A devout Christian with no pretense, he loved his wife and two kids and was in Nam as part of his obligation as a Marine and a US citizen. An intense competitor (he ranked first in his Mountaineering Course and was a qualified jet pilot, Graham's potential was cut short when he remained at the side of one of his wounded men and fought off twenty five attackers. His voice and calmness of purpose was clearly heard on the radio just before he died. He chose death and honor and reflected the best virtues of a Marine and a human being.MORE
Graham's stength of will and leadership saved many of his men from the ambush as is obvious from the words of the remembrances above.
In Honor of a TRUE American HeroPosted on 1/10/02 - by Doug SternerIn an act of heroism above and beyond the call of duty, this American gave his life so that others might live. We honor his memory and sacrifice by preserving the torch of liberty that has been passed to us.MORE
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The best our country had to give.Posted on 5/22/01 - by Michael L. GalyeanI'm sorry that I never knew Capt. Graham. He was a man among men, a Marine's Marine, and an example of Christian love. I had the honor of accompanying Capt. Graham's son, John, and daughter, Jennifer, to the site of their father's heroic sacrifice. Ironically, we were at the site of the battle in Union II on the anniversary of the day Capt. Graham fell. The site is on the edge of a peacefull village now. I'm sure the rice paddy looks the same today as it did on that fateful day in June 1967.MORE
However, instead of the sounds of devastating machine gun fire, the pounding of mortars, the yells encouragement and fear, and the cries for help of the wounded, the site is surrounded by the peaceful landscape of a timeless country and its people. In place of the horrible sounds of battle you can now hear the sing-song voices of farmers and the laughter of children.
No, I didn't know Capt. James Graham. I didn't arrive in country for two more years after Union II. But I do know his son and daughter. And the old saying, "The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree", was never more true.
When I reach the Corps Eternal I will request to be in the command of Capt. James A. Graham, USMC.
If not for you..........Posted on 5/5/01 - by Searfoss, Thomas RSkipper...if you hadn't moved thru our lines shouting orders and organizing what was left of our company, today would not be for most of us. Your determination and courage lead each and every surviving Marine to action that day. If not for you, we would have all perished. Thank you, I will gladly stand in Heaven and be counted next to you again when my time is here. I know God has a special place for you......MORE
No Greater LovePosted on 10/14/99 - by Wayne Prilliman WPRILLIMAN@AOL.COMIt is a singular privilege for me to have served under Captain Graham while we served with the 3rd Bn, 6th Marines.MORE
Fresh from boot camp and ITR, I reported to 3/6 in late 1966. Then Lt. Graham was my XO in H&S Company.
In my opinion, the sum of Captain Graham's being is an example to Marine officers in the same manner that a Drill Instructor serves as an example of the ideal enlisted Marine. I think of Captain Graham often, especially around the Memorial Day weekend. I also think of the Marine that he would not abandon and think that such love had to give comfort to that man's family.
Visitors to MCB Quantico, VA may wish to stop by OCS/The Basic School. A modern facility there, Graham Hall, was dedicated in memory of Captain Graham about 1987-8.
A fond remembrance of Captain James Albert Graham, United States Marine Corps.Posted on 7/15/99 - by Michael Robert PattersonCaptain James Albert Graham, United States Marine Corps, was the recipient of the Medal of Honor for his service in Vietnam. While serving as a company commander, his company's position was overrun. Captain Graham elected to remain behind the enemy lines with a severely wounded member of his unit. In the battle that followed he was mortally wounded. He gallantly gave his life in the service of a grateful nation.MORE
Captain Graham RememberedPosted on 4/23/99 - by Ed Evans, USMC MGySgt. Ret. Gyrene242@aol.comI was an Oral History Team Chief, gathering recorded interviews at An Hoa on the day Captain James Graham died. The land was so flat we could stand on the bunkers and see, far off in the distance, part of the battle. Fox, 2/5 had been caught in a classic horseshoe ambush, a very large one. Men were lying down in the rice paddies and still getting hit.MORE
Major Richard Esau, the 2/5 S-3, grabbed every available Marine in the area, cooks, Remington raiders, Motor T, and they took off straight across the rice paddies to relieve F/2/5. I was a SSgt., and belonged to Major General Lew Walt at III MAF, so I guess that's why he didn't grab me, too. I knew Esau. If there had been any way to get to F/2/5 in time, Esau would have. But time and distance were against him. We could hear it all over the radios.
Capt. Graham had ordered his First Sergeant to take the Marines who could move and get them out of there, back to the Fifth Marines area at An Hoa. Capt. Graham was going to get out one wounded young Marine who was along the edge of the rice paddy in a bit of a treeline. But the young man was so badly wounded he screamed involuntarily everytime the Captain tried to move him. Then, I guess to the surprise of no one who knew him, Capt. Graham made the decision to remain behind with his wounded Marine. He would not leave the young man. It was there they were overrun by the enemy.
Later, when I interviewed what was left of F/2/5, I kept hearing the same thing, that Capt. Graham was a Christian. He was a Christian leader. His Marines told me he never shoved it down anybody's throat, he never looked down on them, but he was always there for them. He looked out for them. He cared about them. With tears streaming down their faces, they told me he cared about them. And he wouldn't leave that young Marine out there alone.
All the tapes I did in the field were always classified because they contained operational information. Then they were shipped out to HQMC. The idea was to give young officers at Quantico a feel for what it was like in Viet Nam, before they came over. At least, that's what I was told. Today the small mountain of tapes my team did 1967-68 sit gathering dust in the Historical Archives; most untouched, unheard. However, I was later told my tapes of F/2/5 never made it out of 1st Marine Division G-3. They were erased and not sent on. No explanation why.
But Captain James Graham is one of several people whose hand I want to shake when I get up there and see the Father. I know Graham is there. There's never been any doubt in my military mind about that.
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