JAMES T KICKLITER
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HONORED ON PANEL 47W, LINE 46 OF THE WALL

JAMES THOMAS KICKLITER

WALL NAME

JAMES T KICKLITER

PANEL / LINE

47W/46

DATE OF BIRTH

10/12/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/23/1968

HOME OF RECORD

REDINGTON BEACH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Pinellas County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES THOMAS KICKLITER
POSTED ON 8.23.2018
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 3.17.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Attack on FOB-4 Compound

On August 23, 1968, the Command & Control North (CCN) MACV-SOG field command compound FOB-4 at Da Nang was attacked by approximately 100 members of North Vietnam’s Special Operation Brigade. Called sappers, they were Hanoi’s most elite commandos. They entered the CCN compound along its 300-yard wide beachfront beginning at 2:30 AM. Their bodies greased to squeeze through fences, they wore only loincloths or khaki shorts and carried AK-47’s, grenades, hand-thrown RPG’s, and woven baskets containing demolition charges. As the intruders opened fire in the camp, the Green Berets poured out of their billets. Many, like SMAJ Richard Pegram Jr. and SSGT Howard Varni, were cut down by the waiting NVA. A sapper squad reached the CNN communications bunker and threw an explosive charge in, killing three Americans instantly. Simultaneous explosions and bursts of fire killed five E-7’s—SFC Don W. Welch, SFC Albert M. Walter, SFC Tadeusz M. Kepczyk, SFC Donald R. Kerns, and SFC Harold R. Voorheis. In another building, 1LT Paul D. Potter was gunned down, the only officer to die, although twelve others would be wounded. Several of the lost Green Berets were young: PFC William H. Bric III (19), SP4 Anthony J. Santana (20), and Sergeants James T. Kickliter (22) and Robert J. Uyesaka (23). Old soldiers died too, SMAJ Pegram (40), MSGT Gilbert A. Secor (36), and MSGT Rolf E. Rickmers (34). Other lost SOG personnel included SSGT Talmadge H. Alphin Jr. and MSGT Charles R. Norris. Despite the carnage, the Green Berets fought back with M16’s, grenades, and AK-47’s taken from dead sappers. Personal heroics were displayed by the men of MACVSOG. One lieutenant raced a jeep repeatedly back and forth across the compound in front of astonished enemy sappers, carrying wounded men to safety and medical treatment. By dawn, the skirmish had ended as the Americans retook their compound. Dead sappers lay in ones and twos everywhere, a total of 38. Sixteen Green Berets had died, the greatest loss of Army Special Forces’ lives in one incident. Another 48 were wounded. In addition, 16 indigenous Allied soldiers were killed. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and the book “Secret Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines with the Elite Warriors of SOG” by John L. Plaster]
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POSTED ON 1.30.2014
POSTED BY: June Kickliter

You are here in my heart

I miss you so much Tommy and still think of you each and every day. And even though you were taken away a long time ago, it still feels like it was yesterday. You were a model brother and my best friend. I love you so very much.

June

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POSTED ON 1.29.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SGT James Thomas Kickliter, 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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POSTED ON 10.2.2012

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Rest in peace with the warriors.

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