James Patrick EcklesCorporal
C CO, 1ST BN, 12TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
16 November 1948 - 12 August 1969
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The database page for James Patrick Eckles
I am the Proud Daughter of CPL James P. Eckles (PFC at time of service). I am hoping to keep his memory alive with the posting of this memorial. He died 1-1/2 months before I was born and was therefore unable to see me. I do feel a special closeness to him because, having been a twin himself, I now have twin children.
I would love to hear from anyone who knew or met my dad. Some records show that he was in the 2nd Battalion 8th Cavalry, while I have his offical records showing 1st Battalion 12 Cavalry.
In loving memory,
My memory is not the best. After seeing his picture, I believe C 1/12 to be correct. If my memory is correct, he was killed while trying to help his best friend Larry Mohn who was severely wounded.
If I am thinking right, he was an amazing soldier, with a great sense of humor, and a deep commitment to others.
I only knew him for a short time, and not well. I did learn things from him, and hopefully taught him a few also.
Sgt Donavon "SKI" Holderread
From The Virtual Wall: SP4 Laurance R. Mohn of Fort Worth, Texas, died from his wounds on 31 August 1969.
A message for Candi...
My name is Jeff Hale. My father is Richard Hale - he was best friends with your father during high school. He never really talks much about him other than the fact that your father, who was known by my father as "Pat", was killed while my father was serving in Vietnam as well with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, the "Magnificent Bastards".
From my understanding my father and your father both entered the service and were in Vietnam at about the same time. But when he was killed my father didn't find out until he returned home, because my grandparents saw fit to keep it from him until he got home. Why I do not know but it is my belief that it allowed my father to go on doing his job and stay alive. I cannot thank you, or anyone else for that matter, enough for what your father did and the sacrifice he made. But when I look back at how my father talked about yours, it comes as no surprise to me to know that he put his life on the line while trying to save someone else's. Once again I say thank you and I hope your father will always be remembered in the way that my father and others do.
From his best friend's son,
A Note from The Virtual WallBoth Saigon Mortuary and Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii records confirm that Corporal Eckles was assigned to Co C, 1st Bn, 12th Cavalry. He was killed by gunshot in Tay Ninh Province on 12 Aug 1969.
Six other men from Plymouth, Michigan, died in Vietnam. A memorial in Plymouth remembers the seven men:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 23 Jun 2005
Last updated 07/03/2007