JAMES W BRILES
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HONORED ON PANEL 7E, LINE 115 OF THE WALL

JAMES WALTER BRILES

WALL NAME

JAMES W BRILES

PANEL / LINE

7E/115

DATE OF BIRTH

11/30/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/29/1966

HOME OF RECORD

PORTLAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Multnomah County

STATE

OR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES WALTER BRILES
POSTED ON 7.8.2019

Final Mission of PFC James W. Briles

On Memorial Day 1966 (May 29, 1966), 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, were conducting squad- and platoon-sized patrols, sweeping villages just south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Thua Thien Province, RVN. A platoon from Golf Company had just finished a couple days of patrolling in a village east of the Battalion temporary Command Post Headquarters located along Highway 1 just north of Hue. They radioed another Golf Company platoon relieving them of North Vietnamese Army activity in the area, referring to a fire mission they had called in that morning which resulted in several enemy killed. The other platoon rogered the intel and the relieved Marines moved on to Battalion CP. About the time they arrived, the Battalion net erupted with radio calls of contact. They could hear mortar and machine gun fire coming from the village. Evidently, a large group of NVA set up a giant, horseshoe-shaped ambush in and around the village. When the Marine platoon got in the middle of the kill zone, the NVA opened fire from three sides. The results were devastating. Twenty Marines and a Navy corpsman were killed. A reaction force sent to the scene found numerous NVA machine gun cartridges and different firing positions around the village, indicating a sizeable and strong force. After the ambush, the enemy slipped away during the mass confusion. The lost Marines included PFC David B. Brandon Jr., PFC Gordon M. Briggs, PFC James W. Briles, PFC Thomas W. Britton Jr., LCPL Robert A. Corkill, LCPL Richard E. Crowe, LCPL James R. Heath, LCPL Billy J. Holt, PFC David W. Johnston, SSGT James J. MacKenna, PFC R.B. Marchbanks Jr., LCPL Jerry L. Noland, PFC Ernest G. Paul, PFC Ronald Ralich, PVT Roy J. Richard, PFC Edward C. Sexton, SSGT Walter B. Stevens, PFC James H. Stewart Jr., LCPL Charles E. Walker, and CPL Kenneth W. Wickel; the lost Navyman was HM Aldon M. Asherman Jr. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Danny M. Francis (May 2019) at two1marines.blogspot.com]
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POSTED ON 7.2.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thanks

Dear PFC Briles,
Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. Semper Fi. This is Independence Day weekend, and it is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.29.2016
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Semper Fidelis

Semper Fidelis, Marine.
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POSTED ON 2.21.2014
POSTED BY: Larry Spray

Forever Young

Cousin Jimmy,
Your death saved my life I guess.
You were so fit and tough and when you were killed I new
their was no hope for my own survival in a war.

Jim the part, in the Movie, the Deer Hunter played by
Robert Dinero was you.... And when they killed you , I new I didn't
have a chance...USCG Reserve.... 6 years of meetings but thanks to You I'am still here.
And so,While you you will always be 20, I my friend are old and
can look forward to seeing you sooner than later. But not to soon!
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POSTED ON 5.27.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering an American Hero

Dear PFC James Walter Briles, 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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