JAMES RAYMOND HINTZ
JAMES R HINTZ
Battle of Suoi Tre - March 21, 1967
Remembering An American Hero
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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James Raymond Hintz was born in Detroit in May of 1945 to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hintz. He was one of 10 children. Jimmy had three sisters and six brothers, and his mother passed away in 1961. He was very family oriented and loved gatherings with his extended family. Jimmy also enjoyed playing baseball. He graduated from Detroit Southwestern High School in January of 1964. The family eventually moved to Neckel Street.
After graduating from high school, Jimmy worked at Chrysler Corporation. He was a quiet and sensitive young man, who kept his war experiences to himself in order to protect his siblings.
Jimmy was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965. He did his Basic Training at Fort Deven, Massachusetts and was sent to Vietnam in July of 1966. In December of 1966, his father Henry passed away, and Jimmy requested a hardship transfer back to the United States to care for his 4 younger siblings. It was denied.
In 1966 Spc. Hintz was stationed near Tay Ninh City near the Cambodian border. He was assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry of the 4th Infantry Division. During the Battle of Landing Zone Gold in March of 1967, Spc. James Hintz was killed by mortar fire on March 21, 1967. He was 21 years old.
For his actions in Vietnam, Spc. James Hintz was awarded the Purple Heart. He is buried St. Hedwig Cemetery.