JAMES R BAILEY
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HONORED ON PANEL 4E, LINE 2 OF THE WALL

JAMES RAY BAILEY

WALL NAME

JAMES R BAILEY

PANEL / LINE

4E/2

DATE OF BIRTH

10/20/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/09/1965

HOME OF RECORD

MEMPHIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Shelby County

STATE

TN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES RAY BAILEY
POSTED ON 11.23.2021

Final Mission of SP4 James R. Bailey

On December 9, 1965, 101st Airborne Division leaders conducted a field briefing outside of Ben Cat, RVN. Located twenty-five miles from Saigon, the area was the scene of some of the fiercest Viet Cong (VC) resistance of the war up to that time. Five miles to the west, VC forces were reportedly entrenched in the large Michelin Rubber Plantation. The paratroopers assaulted into the plantation by helicopter and swept the area for hostile units. Local Vietnamese guided the Americans to enemy dugouts and tunnels, but no VC forces were located. Throughout the plantation area, troops were deployed in patrols, searching fields, roadside ditches, and thick patches of woods. For hours, the Airborne infantryman searched for the elusive VC. East down National Route QL-13, the VC struck against the Americans when a command detonated mine was discharged against a M35 2-1/2-ton cargo truck, killing five U.S. troops. The lost personnel included (from B Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry) SP4 James R. Bailey, SP4 Benny B. Coe, and SP4 Ralph Shank (died of wounds 12/10/1965); and (from Headquarters Company) SGT Anthony D. Sheffield and SP4 Donald W. Vincent. Army engineer mine sweep teams were deployed immediately to search for further mines. More troops were brought in to broaden the scope of the mission, yet the elusive enemy could not be found. Sporadic sniper fire was received, and the paratroopers responded with mortar fire on suspected enemy positions. Contact with the VC was never established, however, and the operation was called off. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and Department of Defense Staff Film Report 66-2A (1966) at archive.org; Image: Still from Staff Film Report 66-2A shows engineers searching for mines in the aftermath of the mine attack against the Airborne troopers]
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POSTED ON 10.6.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. It saddens me so few have left remembrances for you here...surely you deserve better. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 10.22.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SPEC 4 BAILEY,
I REALLY HOPE SOMEONE WILL PUT YOUR PICTURE HERE, BECAUSE THIS IS A WALL OF FACES. THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT.
HALLOWEEN IS APPROACHING, AND ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS' DAYS - THE DAYS WE HONOR THOSE WHO LEFT US. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS GUIDE YOU. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 11.26.2013
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

James is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, TN.
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POSTED ON 11.10.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 James Ray Bailey, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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