John James IllingworthCorporal
A CO, 2ND BN, 8TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
13 January 1950 - 14 March 1970
New Haven, Connecticut
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The database page for John James Illingworth
It was a lucky day for me when we meet and became close friends. It's been 35 years since my last letter to my old friend Jack was returned to me, letting me know he had been killed. I was not surprised when I recently read in a book that a fire base was named after Jack. Jack like the rest of his family were kind, strong, had a great sense of humor, gave me their love and were always truthful to me. I know, they know, I never forgot them or their son and brother who was taken at such an early age, my dear old friend Jack.
With all of this war going on and having a nephew and friends fighting for us I can't help but think of you. It's also two days before your birthday, a day that was very lucky for the rest of us. I love you, cousin, and am very proud of you and THANK YOU for what you have done. I never have forgotten your memorial service. As a young child it left a big impression in my mind and in the minds of the rest of our family. GOD BLESS JACK, see you when I get there. I LOVE YOU.
Your cousin Joann
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 14 March 1970 "A" Company, 2/8th Cavalry, lost four men in an action on the Cambodian border north of Tay Ninh City:
Fire Support Base ILLINGWORTH, located on Highway LTL-20 about 4 kilometers southwest of Thien Ngon airfield, was established on 17 March 1970, three days after the action in which Corporal Illingworth was killed. The FSB was one of seven established by the 2nd Bn, 8th Cavalry during the two months before the US incursion into the Cambodian border regions. On 01 April 1970 Fire Support Base ILLINGWORTH was attacked by a battalion from the 272nd NVA Regiment; 23 Americans are known to have died in the attack.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 13 Jun 2005
Last updated 08/10/2009