JAMES C SWANN
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HONORED ON PANEL 42E, LINE 68 OF THE WALL

JAMES CECIL SWANN

WALL NAME

JAMES C SWANN

PANEL / LINE

42E/68

DATE OF BIRTH

06/08/1933

CASUALTY PROVINCE

DARLAC

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/04/1968

HOME OF RECORD

NEWPORT NEWS

COUNTY OF RECORD

City Of Newport News

STATE

VA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

SSGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES CECIL SWANN
POSTED ON 7.5.2019
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Attack on Camp Coryell – March 4, 1968

Camp Coryell was located near Ban Me Thuot City in Darlac Province, RVN. It was home to the U.S. Army's 155th Assault Helicopter Company, the 185th Reconnaissance Airplane Company, and Detachment 10, 5th Weather Squadron. At 3:50 AM on March 4, 1968, Camp Coryell came under attack by 82mm mortar fire. A total of eighty-six rounds fell on the compound during the attack in which B-40 rockets and Bangalore torpedoes were employed by a ground force of sappers to breach the perimeter wire. A satchel charge team infiltrated through the civilian repairs and utilities (R&U) yard, killing a Korean Pacific Architects and Engineers, Inc. (PA&E) employee, but they were repelled by a reaction force. Other attempts by hostile elements to penetrate the perimeter proved futile, and North Vietnamese Army causalities were eight killed along with an unknown number of wounded. Numerous weapons and items of equipment were captured. Five Americans were killed in the attack. They included SSGT James C. Swann, SGT Edward W. Milan, SP5 Conrado F. Bilducia, CPT Douglas D. Crowe, and SP4 Darryl A. Gallaugher. Additionally, some thirty-one personnel on the compound were wounded, fifteen of which were serious enough to warrant medical evacuation. Since the mortar rounds were directed at the cantonment area, there was no aircraft damage, however, numerous structures and vehicles were damaged or destroyed. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, virtualwall.org, and 155-th-ahc.org]
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POSTED ON 9.29.2015

James C Swann

James, I still have your letter dated 16 Nov 67. I was 10 years old and that going to tell you how old I am now. We lost you the following march. You now have meet Sita, such a sweet spirit. I'm sure your finding this out. We love and miss you both. Your sister in law, Margie
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POSTED ON 2.22.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SSGT James Cecil Swann, 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 6.9.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

James is buried at Tooele, UT.
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POSTED ON 3.27.2006
POSTED BY: Jan Swann

You live on...

I wish I could have met the man that raised such a noble, modest son. He too works for the military. Everything good you taught him he has passed on to your granddaughter and our daughter, Sita who graduates from Tx.A&M this year and now he's passing it on to his grandson, Meryk. So a part of you still lives on in your teachings. I think you'd be proud of him. I am.
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