JAMES W GATES
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HONORED ON PANEL 47W, LINE 8 OF THE WALL

JAMES WALTER GATES

WALL NAME

JAMES W GATES

PANEL / LINE

47W/8

DATE OF BIRTH

05/13/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/20/1968

HOME OF RECORD

ATLANTA

COUNTY OF RECORD

DeKalb County

STATE

GA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES WALTER GATES
POSTED ON 1.31.2019

Misadventure (Friendly Fire)

SP4 James W. Gates was a machine gunner serving with 2nd Platoon, A Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. During August 1968, SP4 Gates’ Company was conducting a search and clear operation near the coast in northern Quang Tri Province, RVN. Around noon on August 20, 1968, the Company was lifted by helicopter near a village where one of their scout aircraft had been fired on by a hostile ground force. The Company got in line and began marching towards the village. They crossed a rice paddy and filed around a berm line when they walked into a North Vietnamese Army ambush. The attackers opened fire at the Americans at nearly point-blank range. Gates responded by laying down a deadly base of M60 machine gun fire as the others crawled back to the berm. His squad members yelled, “Get back Gates, come on!”, but Gates poured it on and was credited with saving the members of his squad, all of whom were able to safely retreat. After withdrawing across a wide ride paddy near a road, they began digging in, shoveling dirt to create fighting holes. A 9th Infantry armored unit unexpectedly appeared and formed up near A Company’s position. While both units were preparing defensive positions, a huge explosion suddenly occurred when a 175mm artillery round, possibly fired from a U.S. naval destroyer offshore, landed nearby. Metal fragment ripped through the American’s position, killing three and wounding several others. The dead included Gates and two armor crewmen, SFC Clarence Fulton and SP4 Donald R. Sizemore. Four of the injured required evacuation for treatment of their wounds. Sizemore was posthumously promoted to Sergeant. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Gregory Fischer (January 2019)]
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POSTED ON 11.18.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 James Gates,
Thank you for your service as an Infantryman with the 1st Cavalry. Happy Thanksgiving. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 8.20.2018
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 5.13.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Specialist Four James Walter Gates, Served with Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
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POSTED ON 1.12.2018
POSTED BY: Krysteen Wescott

I found your picture

My name is Krysteen Wescott and I am the daughter of Sgt 1st class Robert H Wescott Jr. It meant a lot to me to find your picture. Your friend Greg sent it to me. You are remembered
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