JAMES B PERKINS
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HONORED ON PANEL 7W, LINE 47 OF THE WALL

JAMES BARNEY PERKINS

WALL NAME

JAMES B PERKINS

PANEL / LINE

7W/47

DATE OF BIRTH

01/13/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/08/1970

HOME OF RECORD

BIRMINGHAM

COUNTY OF RECORD

Jefferson County

STATE

AL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES BARNEY PERKINS
POSTED ON 4.22.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 James Perkins, Thank you for your service as a Cannon Fire Direction Specialist. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Today is Earth Day. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 7.13.2019
POSTED BY: Johnny Reach

I GREW UP WITH BUTCH

I grew up with Butch, played backyard football with him, went to high school and college With him. He introduced me to my wife of 46 years. I think of him often. Rest In Peace my dear friend. You have been and forever will be missed.
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POSTED ON 2.2.2019

James

James....Honoring you......God Bless
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POSTED ON 12.9.2018

Misadventure (Friendly fire)

Fire Support Base /Landing Zone Cindy was established in 1968. The base operated on the high ground of Happy Valley in Quang Ngai Province, RVN, with an Observation Post Searchlight unit that provided illumination at night for the entire valley. Next to the base was an Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) unit of 100 men. Besides the helicopter landing zone was the shortest airstrip in Vietnam managed by a Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) unit. The Tra Bong village was between MACV and FSB/LZ Cindy. The firebase had tremendous firepower with automatic weapons, .50-caliber and M60 machine guns to include a Quad 50, M42 Duster 40mm anti-aircraft gun systems, 8-inch and 175mm howitzers, mortars, grenades, claymores, and flares. During the early morning of September 8, 1970, the 406th North Vietnamese Army (NVA) Sapper Battalion and supporting units attacked the MACV compound, District Headquarters, ARVN Ranger Battalion, CIDG and RD camps. The attack started around 3:00 AM and lasted until daylight. A force of over 200 NVA soldiers, mostly sappers using mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, inflicted heavy causalities to all units. The attack was very precise and well planned. On LZ Cindy, Cannon Fire Direction Specialist SP4 James B. Perkins was asleep in the Fire Direction Control (FDC) hooch when the assault began. He had just returned from R&R in Hawaii with his wife and was not supposed to report to duty until 7:00 AM. However, SP4 Perkins felt he needed to go over to FDC building (about 20 yards away) to see what was happening. When he opened the flimsy door to FDC, he was shot by the Master Gun Sergeant (also known as Chief of Smoke, or “Top”). Top had slipped into FDC sometime that night or early morning and got on the cot underneath the Area of Operations map with a M16 rifle. Perkins did not knock on the FDC door, and as soon as he opened it, Top shot him twice at close range. Perkins fell into FDC and died within a few minutes. Top was supposed to have been with his men on the artillery tubes. It was believed he was overwhelmed by fear and lost his composure during the attack and snuck into FDC. Top wasn’t the only one who reportedly cracked that morning. Another FDC guy cowered under the radios bench in one corner of FDC and laughed hysterically all through the attack. About twenty minutes later, a medivac helicopter landed outside the FDC area and took Perkins’ body to Chu Lai. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vwam.com, and the book “Battle for Tra Bong Vietnam: Events and Aftermath” by Raymond Oglesby; also, information provided by Tony Furgiuele (December 2018)]
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POSTED ON 4.20.2017
POSTED BY: Tony Furgiuele

Butch

I didn't know him well but I was there when he died, Section Chief Gun 1. It was really bad.
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