Alfred Jimmy Herring, JrLance Corporal
1ST PLT, H CO, 2ND BN, 1ST MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
05 February 1951 - 20 September 1970
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The database page for Alfred Jimmy Herring, Jr
Jimmy, it was a long time ago that we served together in 1970, I remember as if it was last night. When we got hit, you did just what you told me you would do many times. You gave your life so others could live, what more could Corps or Country ask? Your picture hangs in my home, just above where I am writing you, you're always in my heart, and you will never leave my Wall. I have a copy of your NAVY CROSS to the left of your picture.
Jimmy, thank you for saving us,
REMEMBERINGTo walk where I have walked,
To see what I have seen,
To feel what I have felt,
Then, and only then, would one be one with myself,
To finally understand how I feel.
To be able to be finally free,
To be able to once again smile,
Your friends just couldn't understand
So where are the answers to be found?
For there are others who have walked where I have walked,
L/Cpl Michael C. Caltagirone
Lance Corporal Alfred Jimmy Herring
received a posthumous award of the
approved on 20 Feb 1997
almost 27 years after the action remembered above.
The award was presented to his mother, Mary Alice Cox of Mullins, SC, at the morning Colors ceremony on 4 April 1997 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Paris Island, SC. The MCRD press release is quoted in part:
Herring was a radio operator with Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, during combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam in September 1970.
Transcribed by K J Davis, CDR USN (Ret), 23 Feb 2002
A memorial from his Squad Leader and friend forever,|
Mike (Cal) Caltagirone
P O Box 836, Old Forge, N Y 13420
5 Feb 2002
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)