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Born on Aug. 13, 1949
Casualty was on Sept. 11, 1968

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James Kenneth Hoyez
(picture courtesy of Candy Hoyez Marold)

PFC James Kenneth Hoyez served with the 3rd Battalion, 27th Marines and the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, M Company. He was awarded the Silver Star, posthumously, for actions during combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 11 September 1968 while serving with M Co. 3/5. His name stands proudly on the Mike 3/5 Wall of Honor alongside the Marines he fought and died with. Semper fi, Brother Marine. We will never forget.


Pictures and information courtesy of Candy Hoyez Marold
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Boot Camp, San Diego
Jim Hoyez is in the 2nd row down....3rd in from the left

Jim with EMI squad

Jim and guys in barracks

Jim and his '55 Chevy
Jim and Mom at airport, leaving for Vietnam

James Hoyez, Vietnam 1968

My brother, Jim

Dad, Jim and Candy

My name is Candy Marold (maiden name: Hoyez) and I am Jim's sister. I have been in contact with Mike Alden and BJ Jones to provide pictures and memories of our life with Jim. I have all of Jim's medals and most of the pictures that are left of him (some were lost in a fire when we were younger), and I also have some letters that Jim had sent home to us.

Some of these pictures will give you an idea of what Jim was like as a little boy. I remember playing cowboy and Indians a lot with him). He loved the outdoors and loved to go fishing and hunting. I remember many times going out in the ocean salmon fishing with Mom and Dad. They would put Jim and me under the bough of this old wooden boat, where we munched away on chicken and potato salad. I remember our Mom would always have to bait our Dad's hook, because he was sea-sick all of the time! (I was told that my first trip in the ocean was when I was 3 days old....stuffed under the bough! I can imagine that was probably the same for Jim!).

Jim was a very active child....always busy doing something. He loved sports, especially baseball. And Jim was truly a "big" brother to his siblings and loved us all.

Jim in uniform
Jim with sister Candy and brother Terry
Jim with Candy, and brothers Terry and Bill

It has helped me tremendously to be able to connect with BJ, Mike Alden and others. My emotions were so raw when I heard there were Marines out there that had served with Jim in Vietnam and were trying to get in touch with Jim's family. WOW .... after 43+ years....I did not think we would ever get more information regarding Jim. This is wonderful!!! I just can't believe after all these years, that there are people out there who really care about Jim and his short life story.~Candy Hoyez Marold


BJ Jones and James Hoyez
(Submitted by Mike Alden)

James Hoyez (left) and Bruce "BJ" Jones
(pictures courtesy of Candy Hoyez Marold and BJ Jones)

BJ Jones (left) and James Hoyez, 3/27 Battalion area

(picture courtesy of Candy Hoyez Marold)

B.J. Jones and James Hoyez came into "M" Co. 3/5 two weeks prior to Sept 11, 1968. These two Marines were transfered from 3/27, as that unit was going stateside. They both had 4 months in Nam. Not enough time incountry to go home with 3/27. Jim Hoyez and B.J. were in "M" Co. for only two weeks, 1st squad, third fire team. On Sept. 11th lead elements of 2nd platoon were crossing through a rice paddy when they were ambushed by N.V.A. regulars, causing the lead elements to be K.I.A. Most Marines from 1st squad went into the kill zone under heavy enemy fire to recover the wounded and dead. James Hoyez was one who went out and was killed, BJ was grievously wounded.

We in "M" Co. 3/5 honor James Hoyez, and BJ, and all the other Marines who sacrificed so much on Sept. 11, 1968 to save their fellow Marines. James' actions were selfless acts that remain in our minds and hearts as long as we live.~Mike Alden


Pfc. James K. Hoyez Silver Star Award

James Hoyez' Silver Star Award and Medal presented to his mother, Patricia Peacock

PFC. Ron Thayer's Letter to Jim's Mother, Sept. 196

Jim's half-brother Mick at The Wall in Washington, DC

Mick is pointing to James Hoyez' name, and 8 lines down at the far left is Thomas E. Welker's name (partially), the corpsman James was trying to save when he was killed. To the right of Welker's name is Owen White Jr., also killed on Sept. 11, 1968 in the same action, and also awarded the Silver Star, posthumously.

Mick's wife, Bonnie, taking an etching of Jame's name at The Wall

Etching of James Hoyez' name on The Vietnam Memorial Wall in DC

Left: James' brother Bill and girlfriend, Kristen
Right: James' brother Terry and sister, Candy


A buddy not forgotten

Jim and I thought we had the world by the tail after boot camp. But for reasons only God knows why, for Jimmy his world would end to soon and to this day I can't understand why him and not me. We went down the same roads together only to be parted and never to see each other again. Jim found God in boot camp and I know he now rests in peace with him. To you my friend, I will never forget.

Donald (Sgt) Thom, Jr.
Joined Marine Corps with Jim


Semper Fi, Jim

I was talked into joining the Marines by Jim and seen him 3 days in An Hoa before all the companies had to go out. I was in Golf company of the 5th Marines and knew Jim in Albany, Oregon.~Benny Kendall


M Co. 3/5 Marines Killed In Action
September 11, 1968

LCPL Jerry Don Copeland
Memorial page

PFC Richard Gale Daniels
Memorial page

PFC James Hoyez
Memorial page

PFC Armando Lopez
Memorial page

PFC Phillip Edward Slaughter
Memorial page

CPL Douglas Mark Smith
Memorial page

PFC Thomas William Steele
Memorial page

HN Thomas Edward Welker (corpsman)
Memorial page

PFC Owen White, Jr.
Memorial page