Semper FiPosted on 2/15/14 - by A Marine, Quang Tri, VietnamSemper Fi Marine.
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 12/19/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear LCPL Mark Everett James, 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
PhotoPosted on 4/9/13 MORE
We RememberPosted on 1/10/12 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.org MORE
Uncle MarkPosted on 5/29/07 - by Mark Everett James (nephew) email@example.comYou are terribly missed by those fortunate enough to have known you and contantly remembered by those of us who never got the chance. I know you are watching over all of us.MORE
Thank you LCPL JamesPosted on 8/9/03 - by Donald LytleAlthough we never met personally, I want to thank you Mark Everett James, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!MORE
Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!
Again, thank you LCPL M.E. James, for a job well done!
REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND
Valentine's RidgePosted on 12/10/99 - by Ray(Doc)Felle firstname.lastname@example.orgValentine's RidgeMORE
This is my account of the battle on Valentine's Ridge, which started on 14Feb68 and continued to 15Feb68. In this report there has been input from the Battalion Surgeon, first platoon commander, first & second platoon members, S-3 reports and family of the KIA.
We left Ca Lu on 13Feb68 for what was soon to be known as Valentine's Ridge. This is a small 200-meter hill approximately 1 mile west of Ca Lu combat base and 8 miles east of Khe Sanh combat base. The coordinate is XD990445 to XD978455 running North and South terminating at the Quang Tri River. At 1600 on 14Feb68 all three platoons and the command group started up the side of this hill with first platoon on the southern flank (nearest the river). Shortly after part of first platoon left the groomed trail second and third platoon received 50cal. machinegun, automatic weapon and mortar fire. We received rocket, mortar and small arms fire wounding several men. At this time we were isolated from part of our platoon (first) and could not see second or third. Our actions involved calling in fighter jets, destroying a rocket launching position, caring for the wounded, and securing our area. Contact was lost with the command group early in the battle. They had taken a direct hit killing our CO, XO and Chief Corpsman, Capt. Ward, Lt. Reese and HM2 Goss. Under the leadership of our platoon commander, Lt. John Holladay, we moved off the hill and to a secure location on Route 9 wailing for reinforcements and tending to the wounded. At 0200 on 15Feb68 first platoon moved down Route 9 towards Ca Lu collecting men separated from second and third platoons and meeting up with India company. What was left of first platoon made it back to Ca Lu at 0300 hours. At daybreak I took 8mm pictures of fighter jets dropping high explosives and napalm on Valentine's Ridge.
India and Kilo companies moved off the ridge by the end of that day with a loss of 11 Marines and many wounded. This is part of the story about that day and each has his own. I wanted to tie together all that lost their life and to say that I'm sorry for them and there families. The names below are the ones that I have researched and believe to be correct.
Capt. Alexander Ward
2nd Lt. William Reese
HM2 Larry Goss]
PFC Fredrick Bungartz
CPL Lowell Combs
CPL Dennis Flemming
LCPL Mark James
PFC Melvin Jones
PFC Barry Rigsby
LCPL Jeffrey Wentzell
CPL David Schneider
Ray(Doc)Felle 1st platoon Kilo 3/9/3
For a PatriotPosted on 6/1/99 - by Buddy Williams Buddy_Williams@southwire.comAll of us from Haralson County are humbled by your supreme sacrifice. I pledge to instill love of country and patriotism into my children who hopefully will never be called upon as you were to give their lives at the request of country. I have never forgotten your name, the first name of a person I knew to die in Viet Nam. I hope this remembrance can comfort your surviving family. Buddy Williams, US Army 72-74.MORE
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