JAMES F CHASE
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HONORED ON PANEL 36W, LINE 33 OF THE WALL

JAMES FRANCIS CHASE

WALL NAME

JAMES F CHASE

PANEL / LINE

36W/33

DATE OF BIRTH

02/24/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/17/1968

HOME OF RECORD

HOWLAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Penobscot County

STATE

ME

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES FRANCIS CHASE
POSTED ON 1.12.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from your sister Marilyn is moving. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us.....
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POSTED ON 2.27.2021

Final Mission of CPL James F. Chase

CPL James F. Chase was a squad leader assigned to 2nd Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. On the late afternoon of December 17, 1968, Chase was leading a twelve-man search and destroy patrol south of Da Nang in Quang Nam Province, RVN. The patrol consisted of eleven Marines and a Navy corpsman. Chase walked point with his radioman in the slack position behind him, followed by the M60 machine gunner and the corpsman. As the patrol moved through a rice paddy near the hamlet Le Son (5), four miles northeast of Dai Loc (Ai Nghia), Chase paused to consult a map. He then started up onto a dyke when a powerful explosion hit the front of the column. Evidently, Chase had triggered a booby-trapped M26 grenade rigged with a tripwire. The blast knocked down the point, his slack man, the M60 gunner, and wounded the corpsman in the leg. Despite his injury, the aidman was able to get up on the dyke to Chase. His squad leader was critically injured with multiple fragmentation wounds. A medivac was called, and while under fire, Chase, the gunner, and the wounded corpsman were put aboard. They were carried to Naval Support Activity Station Hospital in Da Nang where Chase was triaged and quickly moved into surgery. He expired shortly after. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and Command Chronology, 1st Marines, December 1968; also, information provided by Bill Sheehan (February 2021)]
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POSTED ON 7.9.2020
POSTED BY: Marilyn Belanger

For Jimmy my brother.

Jimmy you are always on my heart, as we celebrated the memorial day and the 4th of July, I think about you...
What would it been like if you came home to us and became a Maine State Police Officer, what would that had been like, you could have seen your boys grow up, been there for us to protect us..
But now you are with, mama, Jimmy, Mike, Erlene, Michael, Gary, all that had gone on before us, as one day we will be with you....
I miss you and you will never be forgotten....
Love, Marilyn
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POSTED ON 7.9.2020
POSTED BY: Doc Jacobs

R.I.P and Semper Fi Cpl Chase!

Rest Easy Brother! You're not forgotten, nor will you ever! Semper Fi!
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POSTED ON 6.9.2020
POSTED BY: Bill Sheehan

Chase was special to many

Cpl James Francis Chase led many squad patrols while serving with the US Marines in the Quang Nam Province of Vietnam, in 68. Charlie Co, 1st Batt, 1st Marines. He was his own point man. He insisted on that. He would always request his Navy Corpsman walk between the radio operator and the machine gunner for maximum protection.

On 17 DEC 68, he led a patrol down Booby Trap Alley. An explosive device detonated and three were injured. The CH46 came in on red smoke to evacuate the injured men. The Corpsman who was one of the wounded, assisted as best he could to get Chase on board. Having taken the brunt of the explosion, his condition deteriorated quickly on the flight to Da Nang Naval Hospital. Later that day, Cpl Chase died of his wounds.

He was one of over 58,000 who has their name on The Wall. Each one was special to someone. Chase was special to many. All the times he led his Marines and all the times he avoided tragedy will not be forgotten by the ones he saved.

Chase was awarded two Purple Hearts for his actions. He was laid to rest in his hometown in West Enfield Cemetery, Penobscot County, Maine.

Cpl James Francis Chase, USMC
24 FEB 47 – 17 DEC 68
Bangor, Maine
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