JAMES DEREK REYNOLDS
Born on May 14, 1948
From MUNCIE, INDIANA
Casualty was on May 13, 1967
in QUANG TIN, SOUTH VIETNAM
19E - - Line 111
Co. 3/5 Marines, 2nd Platoon
James Reynolds is in the top row, 1st from left
(Picture courtesy of Vernon Ford, M/3/5)
was in my squad in 1966 and 1967, 3/5 Marines, 2nd platoon Mike Company
around Chu Lai, Vietnam. I was his squad leader for a short time,
but I got to know James very well. He went on many missions with the
squad and the plaoon. Everyone in the squad really liked him and trusted
him, that meant a lot in the bush. We had a lot of fun as a team,
and also some heart stopping times. He was a Marine first, and a friend.
We went on many operations together.
operation I can remember is Operation MUSTANG. We set up one night
on a hill next to a farmhouse, he and other Marines had the fighting
hole next to the cow pen. Sometime during the night a VC pitched three
or four chi com grenades at his fighting hole and one went off, wounded
him in the hand and the other Marine in the leg. He done what he could
for his buddy, and took his other hand to fire his rifle with if they
charged. He was a Marine's Marine that night. He held his ground and
stayed at his post. He made me very proud of him that night.
time I can remember is a different operation when Pfc. March was hit
by a booby trap and James helped the corpsman hold press to March
where the blood was running from his body. I was setting up a safe
Zone for a chopper, as I was on the radio I looked at the three. The
two were trying to keep March alive, and March was going fast. This
is the kind of a person you would like to be around.
I knew a fine Marine, James D. Reynolds.The Marine Corps liked him,
and I and many others liked and cared about him. You see James was
there for you whenever you needed him. James did his job, and a good
one at that.
It was time for me to move on, I left James and the squad, 2nd Plt.
Mike Co. 3/5, a few months before Operation UNION where James gave
his all for the Marine Corps, his squad, and Mike Co. Also for his
Battalion, 3/5, 1st Marine Division, and for his Country. He is with
a lot of Hero's of 3/5, 1966-1967.
I know you done what it takes, I'm very proud of you. I will always
remember you, and the Marine Corps. Your name will go down in history.You're
now in Marine Corps Heaven with all the great Marines...Chester Puller,
Dan Daley, March (your close friend), and with a lot of Mike 3/5 Marines.
Duty called, and you made the greatest Sacrifice. You gave your life
for the Marine Corps and Country and God. Until we meet in heaven,
I will always think of your funny ways and good and happy ways, even
the hardest things we did in the bush of Vietnam.....
FI, GRUNT...REST IN PEACE
Sgt. Vernon J. Ford