Jimmy Earl DarbyPrivate First Class
B CO, 4TH BN, 503RD INFANTRY, 173 ABN BDE
Army of the United States
21 August 1948 - 10 July 1967
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About my brave brother Jimmy Darby
My brother was in the 173d Airborne Brigade. He entered the Army as a very young and brave soldier March 06, 1967 and died July 10, 1967. He was very special and everyone who knew him loved him. He came from a small town called Opp, Alabama. Jimmy was my brother, my father was killed in 1965 and Jimmy became the man of the house and did an excellent job. All his friends called him by his nickname "Fish" because he loved to swim.
He is my hero, and my sister and I love and miss him so much. I hope one day I will be able to find other soldiers who served with him in Vietnam. I named my son after Jimmy and I hope and pray he will be an honest and brave man just like his uncle Jimmy Darby.
Jimmy will never be forgotten, and all the soldiers who fought for our freedom will also be remembered. I will love and miss you forever, my dear brother.
Your brother Earl and sister Glenda
From his brother,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 4/503rd was rapidly deployed to the Central Highlands after the Battle of the Slopes. On 10 July, moving up Hill 830, A Company came under intense fire from an entrenched Viet Cong main force battalion. On 12 July, after taking the hill, D Company discovered a single network consisting of 60 bunkers with supporting foxholes. In short order, two more bunker complexes were discovered.
Twenty-five US soldiers died in the fighting on 10 July:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 Jul 2008
Last updated 08/09/2008