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is honored on Panel 5W, Line 57 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Never Forget

    Posted on 6/19/18 - by Ted Mosure
    James Thames replaced me as the LDNN advisor for this group. I met him in the transition but then was reassigned, and did not get to know him well. God bless you, Jim. I will be buying a keg in your remembrance at the West Coast Reunion.
  • Final Mission of LT James F. Thames

    Posted on 10/14/16 - by
    LT James F. Thames as a U.S. Naval advisor assigned to Task Force 116, SEAL Team 1, U.S. Naval Forces Vietnam. On January 19, 1971, LT Thames was part of a 12-man Navy SEAL/ South Vietnamese LDNN unit (LDNN - Lien Doc Nguoi Nhia, literally translated as "soldiers who fight under the sea,” Vietnamese "frogmen" who were the native counterpart to the American Naval SEALS) was extracting from a simple interdiction patrol three miles southeast of the Solid Anchor sea float on the Song Cau Lon in Ca Mau Province at the extreme southern tip of Vietnam when its LSSC (Light SEAL Support Craft) was directly hit with two B-40 rockets and small arms fire. The explosions threw several people overboard, ruptured the starboard fuel bladder, damaged controls of the radio, and incapacitated the coxswain (the boat’s steersman). LT Thames was fatally injured in the attack. A second American advisor and another LDNN were wounded. Another LDNN was lost and never recovered. As the crew attempted to bring the craft under control and extinguish the gasoline fire, the Viet Cong detonated several claymore mines with negligible results. The uninjured LDNNs returned fire and caused their assailants to flee the ambush site. A small reaction force helped drive the enemy back from the canal and allowed for medivacs to recover the dead and wounded. [Taken from and]
  • Dear JIm

    Posted on 7/12/15 - by LTC (Ret.) Don C. Thomson (former Navy Seawolf pilot 19)
    The events of January 19, 1971, your last day, are forever welded in my memory. It was an honor for we Det 1 Seawolves to have served with you at Solid Anchor.
    Our nation never, ever produced a finer man than Jim Thane..
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/20/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear LT James Franklin Thames, sir

    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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • If I should die...remembrances for LT James Franklin THAMES, USN...who made the utlimate sacrifice!!

    Posted on 6/24/13 - by

    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigls 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.

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