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Born on May 14, 1949
Casualty was on Apr. 11, 1968

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Jack Alan Sanders, Jr.

LCpl. Jack Alan Sanders, Jr. served with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Mike Company. His name stands proudly on the Mike 3/5 Wall of Honor. Semper Fi, Brother Marine. We will never forget.

11 April 1968

My fire team was next to Jack's (about 10 meters away), he was showing some new guys how to set up trip flares when one accidentally went off. Without thinking, he threw his flak jacket on the flare to smother it and the flare burnt through to the grenades in the jacket's pocket and blew up. He was hurt real bad. A truck came down from Hai Van Pass to evacuate him, he was still alive but things didn't look good for him. Semper Fi~Art Diabo, M Co. 3/5

Real Good Marine

I was with Jack at the time. He was doing exactly as Art Diabo described. He had JUST come back from the rear - I think he had been in the hospital for .......malaria maybe? Anyway, he was very short and near rotation. But, as with all Marine grunts, he was in the bush until the actual day arrived. He never made it. Nice guy. I can still see him. He had no shirt on - just the flak jacket. When the flare lit up, he stripped off the jacket and covered the flare. Within a few seconds - it blew.

I was a few yards away and in some rocks and trees. It happened slow at first, but then when it went off it was very quick. There were two newbies with Jack. They were unhurt, but in shock at what had happened. When I grabbed Jack they just sat there wide-eyed and confused.

Nobody else was wounded in the explosion as far as I remember. Jack told everyone to "get down - fire in the hole". But it did not explode right away, so they stayed down and Jack got up and leaned toward the flaming jacket to toss it further away. He tugged and pushed and then began to draw back to cover. I was beside Jack on his right side. We were only a few yards apart. When the explosion came and he was hurt, I grabbed him and pulled him down. Tried to stop some of the bleeding. He was evacuated while still alive, but not really "with it." I can still see him in my mind - before that happened. Such a hell of a nice guy. Well liked by all of us. Good Marine. Real good.~Rock Giambrocco, M Co. 3/5

To Jack, You are Missed

You had just returned from the hospital from a previous wound. Later on that same day that you returned, April 11, 1968, right at dark, I heard an explosion. Nobody knew what happened. We then found out that in your pocket you set off a pencil flare by mistake, and it ignited a grenade at your side. You were very well liked by your fellow Marines, and you are missed by all.

Jerry Lomax
Vietnam Buddy, Mike Co, 3/5, 1st MarDiv

Fellow Marine

We talked a lot about Tampa, FL. About Davis Island and the State fairgrounds. I still remember his wife's address. I loaned him my camera when he went on R&R to Hawaii. I can still remember when he reported back into the company. I was working in the mail room waiting for transfer to the Caps Units. Funny how we can remember certain things. I know I will remember Sanders always. Save a seat for me at the pinochol game. ~Michael Wears, "Turk"

In remembrance of my brother, Jack

Over 30 years have passed, and you are still with us every day. To describe how much we all love and miss your presence is beyond words. You never fail to amaze me, whenever times have been rough and our hearts have been heavy with grief, you were there to guide us and give us strength to go on. I was only 9 years old at the time you had to leave us, and I never got to say how proud I was to have you as my big brother and role model. This world would certainly be a better place with you still in it. Watch over us all and guide us to live each day as if it were our last. For all we have is today.

Love you brother,
your sister
Erica Sanders Lima
I sure would be grateful to hear from anyone who served with Jack