James Charles Baumer

T-151-36, RIVRON 15, TF 117, USNAVFORV
United States Navy
11 December 1949 - 21 January 1970
Huron, Ohio
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TF 117
James C Baumer

Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for James Charles Baumer

26 Sep 2004

James Charles Baumer, an Engineman-Fireman in the U. S. Navy, was born in Sandusky, Ohio, but later moved with his family to Huron, where he lived near the Huron River.

He enlisted in the U. S. Navy on September 1 following graduation from Huron High School. He was sent to South Vietnam following a second entry into the service of his country in January, 1969.

Jim was killed in action Jan. 21, 1970 on Vain Co Dung River at Go Dam Ha, South Vietnam as a result of drowning. The River Assault Craft on which he was riding was mined by the enemy and sank in 15 feet of water.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Baumer, Sr., Huron, Oh., were presented his awards and ribbons. He posthumously received the National Defense Service Medal, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnam Service Medal with one star, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V", and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was 20 years, one month and two days old when he lost his life in action.

From a friend of the family,
Audrey Mackiewicz

18 Feb 2005

The once forgotten faces and stories behind the simple etching of a name on a black marble Wall come back to life... Over 58,000...

This wrinkled snap-shot caught my attention and reminded me of how young and handsome we were - "...the sweet bird of youth" ... and how lucky we are...

Christopher Vock
Case Postale 32
1875 Morgins, Switzerland

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Two men died when the river monitor T-151-36 struck a mine on 21 Jan 1970:
  • BM3 Ronald S. Athanasiou, Jacksonville, TX
  • ENFN James C. Baumer, Huron, OH

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend of the family,
Audrey Mackiewicz
26 Sep 2004

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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