James Thomas Egan, Jr

United States Marine Corps
31 May 1943 - 03 February 1978
Mountainside, New Jersey
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James T Egan

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for James Thomas Egan, Jr

05 Jan 2001

John Egan

James Egan Jr., USMC, disappeared on 21 Jan 1966.

I am looking for members of Jim's unit
Co "H", 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines

I am in direct contact with his friend
Capt. Leroy E. Blessing, USMC (RET )
who wishes to find out more on Jim's fate.

If you have any information on this Marine,
please contact me at RacinYank@aol.com

Visit my memorial site for more information.

You are remembered each day. Today is your birthday (May 31,1943).

We remain keeping the faith that you be returned home and laid to rest below your marker in Arlington.

We have lived, we have aged. You have remained forever young.

You are missed Jim.

With love,

21 Jan 2004

Jim is not forgotten.

With love,

1 May 2004

Jim is having a street named in his memory and honor.
It will be dedicated on May 31st (Jim's birthday).

I received the following in my mail:

Subj: Via James Egan's Memorial on www.VirtualWall.org
Date: 4/28/2004 3:01:53 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: josty@Mountainside-nj.com
To: RacinYank@aol.com

Hello. I am the Municipal Clerk for the Borough of Mountainside where Capt. Egan had resided.

The Governing Body will be dedicating a new street in his honor named Egan Court.

We would like to send an invitation to the family but have no current address for them.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could either contact them for me or give me some address to send the invitation to.

My email address is josty@mountainside-nj.com

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.


Unfortunately, I still have not been able to contact Jim's only sibling, Joanne. I and others have done everything that we can think of in trying to locate her.

Please remember Jim on May 31st not only because it is his Birthday Day but also because of the dedication of EGAN COURT in Mountainside, N.J.

Jim will never be forgotten......

P.S. If anyone should live in NJ and/or close to Mountainside I could give you more info on this dedication, if you would care to attend.

31 May 2004

Today is your birthday.

Today a street is being named in your memory and honor.

Today is Memorial Day.

You will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

You have brought so many people into my life. There is a reason for that. Whatever the reason is, I thank you. Their love for you has overflowed to me. I feel as if you are the brother that I never had.

I remain to keep the faith until you come home, Jim.

With respect and love,

Patricia Mielke
12 Melinda Lane, Easthampton, Ma 01027
29 Mar 2001

I'm very proud of your bravery and courage, and would like to thank you for your loyalty to the United States of America. I also hope you feel proud of yourself for doing such a noble and honorable thing, fighting for our country, fighting for all the boys and girls of the future. Protecting all of people who need protecting. Making the U.S. a safe place, unharmed by other countries. Every soldier does a little, and altogether that does a lot. Everybody can make a difference, maybe you made a big difference. Thank you for all you did in your lifetime. I hope you are up in heaven because of who you are.

Teague Egan

13 Feb 2003

I also have worn Capt Egan's bracelet for 10 years now. As an Air Force Captain from Mountainside, NJ, preparing to go to war myself, I will remember his service and bravery.

Capt Sia Shinas
555 AMU, 31st Fighter Wing
E-mail will be forwarded by the

26 Jan 2004

We will speak your name so that no one will forget you.
And until you come home to us, we will speak it loudly.
We will not forget.

Debby Tobin

11 May 2004

James T Egan Jr., I always have thought of you as a man with a lot of courage. You gave up so much to take part in some politicians' war, but you rose up to the call. I wish I could have met you, and you have always been remembered in my mom's family. She loved you dearly as a brother from what I can tell when she talks about you. I hope there is a heaven that you are residing in because you deserve a place like that.

Geoff Buser

03 Jun 2005

I retired in 1968 from the USMC. When one Marine is killed or missing in action, all Marines feel as if part of them is gone. I have been wearing Captain Egan's bracelet for over 30 years and not a day goes by that I don't look down on my wrist, and see his name, and pray for him.

My three children, all in their 40's, mention very often how I must feel for him.

He gave all for this country and we cannot forget the price he has paid.

John R. McDonald

21 Jun 2005

To my family I refer to him as The Captain.
When others ask about my bracelet I refer to him as my cousin.
He has been my Guardian Angel for almost 15 years.
Fate led me to find the bracelet while visiting The Wall.
Captain James T. Egan has protected me
and led me through so many of my life's events.
I am sure that he knows he will never be forgotten.
May the road rise...

Jason Thomas Hudnut

24 Jan 2006

I send an e-mail every year on Jan 21, but I remember him every day. God bless our troops.

From MIA bracelet,
Pam Mcguire
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Assigned to H Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, First Lieutenant Egan served as an artillery Forward Observer, initially with Delta Company, 1st Bn, 4th Marines.

On 21 January 1966 he was acting in this capacity - as an F/O - on a reconnaissance patrol operating about 15 miles southwest of the city of Quang Ngai in South Vietnam. In late afternoon the patrol was ambushed by an enemy force and Lt Egan was separated from the remainder of the patrol. After the patrol disengaged, they realized Egan was missing but darkness and the enemy presence prevented any extensive search. Egan was declared Missing in Action.

Some years later, a South Vietnamese soldier reported that he had been held captive with Egan, but that the communists had executed Egan. The validity of this report cannot be determined.

While it is unclear exactly what Marine unit Lt Egan was with at the time of his loss, he is remembered by the men he served with and is honored on the

Delta 1/4 Marines site

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who wears his MIA bracelet,
Pat Mielke
12 Melinda Lane, Easthampton, MA 01027
05 Jan 2001

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
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