JACKIE E HUFF
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HONORED ON PANEL 2E, LINE 112 OF THE WALL

JACKIE EUGENE HUFF

WALL NAME

JACKIE E HUFF

PANEL / LINE

2E/112

DATE OF BIRTH

06/02/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/08/1965

HOME OF RECORD

PEORIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Maricopa County

STATE

AZ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JACKIE EUGENE HUFF
POSTED ON 6.10.2000
POSTED BY: KEN IHLE

above the rest

YOUR NAME IS IN MY HEAD ANDIN MY HEART, YOU WILL NEVER BE FOR GOTTEN FOR YOU ARE-ABOVE THE REST-
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POSTED ON 12.1.1999
POSTED BY: David S. Cook

Jackie Huff, Above the Rest!

Jackie Huff was a buddy of mine. We first met when he was assigned to B Company, 1st Bn 506 Infantry, 3rd Bde 101st Airborne. In the Spring of '65 many of us volunteered to transfer to the 1st Bde 101st to fill up the infantry companies prior to "movement to an undisclosed location in the Pacific region." We all knew that meant Vietnam and, being pretty gung ho Airborne troopers, we were eager to go. Jackie and I, along with alot ofother 506 guys were sent to Company C 1st Bn, 327 Infantry and in July we went out to Nam aboard an old tub named the General Leroy ElTinge. Huff was assigned to the 3rd Platoon as a RTO (radio-telephone operator) while I was assigned to the Weapons Platoon in the same outfit. Jackie was very popular with the guys, he was always upbeat, kind of gullible, and had lived kind of a hard life prior to joining the Army. On the day of his death in a small village east of Qui Nhon we were on a Search and Destroy mission. I was the Fire Direction Computer for the 81mm mortar section and also carried a radio which I had tuned to the company net, the same one Huff and all the other platoon RTOs were on. My platoon was ahead of the 3rd platoon on the march when I was called by the company commander's RTO telling me to have Weapons Platoon fall out beside the road and let the 3rd pass by and them we were to fall back in and continue on. I relayed the word to my platoon sergeant and we stepped aside to let the 3rd platoon by. Now Huff and I were always fooling around. I saw him coming up following his platoon sergeant Charles Davidson (KIA 9 Mar.'66) and I dug a little mud out of the soles of my jungle boots and rolled it into a ball. As Huff passed by I threw it at him hitting his helmet. At the same moment a radio message for the 3rd platoon came on my radio asking for "Three Golf," Huff's call sign. What struck me at the moment was the fact that, in violation of radio procedure, the caller never identified himself with his call sign. I heard it clearly and said, Huff, they are trying to call you." He looked at me and said, "Yeah I know." He had a strange look on his face and never replied to the the message which I thought strange. Well, he took several more steps and a shot rang out. Huff tumbeled off the elevated roadway and fell into a rice paddy killed instantly by a shot through the head. Later, as we set up for the night in a Catholic mission complex, I had the chance to talk to all the other RTOs and I asked which one had tried to call Huff just prior to his death. No one had called and no one, but me, had heard the message. That combined with his strange look has stayed with me for all the years and I still wonder who sent that radio transmission. Every year we vets of C 1/327 meet in Virginia and we remember Jackie, and all of our KIAs with a memorial ceremony. We all liked this kid and still mourn his death.
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