JERRY W JENKINS
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HONORED ON PANEL 39E, LINE 34 OF THE WALL

JERRY WAYNE JENKINS

WALL NAME

JERRY W JENKINS

PANEL / LINE

39E/34

DATE OF BIRTH

05/12/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/14/1968

HOME OF RECORD

MERIDIAN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lauderdale County

STATE

MS

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

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LEFT FOR JERRY WAYNE JENKINS
POSTED ON 5.12.2024
POSTED BY: ANON

77

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 2.17.2023

Final Mission of PFC Jerry W. Jenkins

During the first quarter of 1968, the 9th Infantry Division’s tactical area of responsibility included twelve provinces within the southern portion of South Vietnam. The division conducted strike operations to locate and destroy Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) main and local forces and their installations and infrastructures. In response to the VC/NVA Tet Offensive, division resources were deployed against the increased enemy activity in Gia Dinh Province. During February 13th-15th, infantrymen from the 9th Division’s 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry were in sustained battle around Dong Phu, six miles southeast of Saigon. On the 13th, Company B, 4/39th, was airmobiled into the area on a reconnaissance-in-force mission when it came under a mortar and small arms attack. For most of the day, the infantrymen were pinned down in waist-deep waters while artillery and air strikes pounded enemy locations. The next day, Companies B and C were flown back into the battle zone and encountered stiff resistance. Sweeping toward the enemy positions, they discovered a battalion-sized bunker system. They blasted the bunkers with M79’s, fragmentation grenades, and light anti-tank weapons with little result. Later airstrikes were more successful when direct hits destroyed the enemy fortifications. The Americans spent the night in the rice paddies which had risen to about chest high due to incoming tides and offered no overhead protection. Throughout the night they could hear the enemy dragging their dead away and fired on them when they could pinpoint their location. While Companies B and C were battling the bunker complex, Company A swept the area and found enemy weapons and ammunition. They also uncovered ten enemy graves, each containing from one to six bodies. In the tree days of fighting, units of 4/39th accounted for more than eighty-three dead VC and NVA and destroyed over 120 bunkers. A variety of weapons and documents were confiscated. U.S. losses were five men killed and fourteen wounded. The lost personnel included: (from B-4/39th) PFC Jerry W. Jenkins; (from C-4/39th) PFC George H. Dize (posthumously promoted to Corporal), SP4 Dohn W. Johnson, and PFC Ernest M. Weathersbee; and (from C Battery, 1st Bn, 11th Arty) forward observer 1LT Thomas Y. Osborne. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “No time for Valentines: 4th-39th slays 83 in 3 days.” The Old Reliable (9th Inf Div publication), February 28, 1968]
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POSTED ON 1.22.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
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POSTED ON 9.11.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Jerry Jenkins, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It's the end of summer. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.26.2019
POSTED BY: Kristy Lynn Massey

I am very proud of you Uncle Jerry.

We never met Uncle Jerry, but my Mom spoke of you often. Of the 14 children my Grandmother had, my Mom and you were the two youngest and closest. I read your letters you wrote her after she passed in 2002, which I didn't know existed until then. I saw the love you had for us because your words jumped from the pages. You wrote you couldn't wait to meet me. I'm sorry that never happened for us. According to Mom, my younger brother, who wasn't yet born, was so much like you so I know you were a good man with a great heart and soul.

I will forever be grateful to you for giving your life for our freedom Uncle Jerry. You were so brave to have fought in a war that has never really made since to me. You were doing what our country asked of you and you paid the ultimate price at such a young age. I will continue to read your letters of love and bravery and will never forget you.

Please tell my Mom and Dad and yours, for whom I never met, I love them. I too will be with you one day and will thank you in person. God bless you Uncle Jerry! I know you are flying high with the angels above and our Lord will always have his arms around you.

Love,
Kris
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