Jose Francisco Jimenez

Lance Corporal
K CO, 3RD BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
20 March 1946 - 28 August 1969
Red Rock, Arizona
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1ST MARDIV 7TH MARINES
Medal of Honor

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Jose F Jimenez

The database page for Jose Francisco Jimenez

07 Apr 2004

LCpl Jose Jimenez led his fire team into a hot landing zone. He was attacked by NVA regulars entrenched in the tree line that surrounded the LZ. He had a choice, to run or to attack, he chose to attack and in doing so killed many NVA and took over an anti-aircraft gun single-handedly. He then moved on to clear more NVA and was tragically cut down by machine gun fire. His actions inspired his men and earned him the Medal of Honor.

From someone who read about him and felt he earned his memorial.
Andrew Webber



02 Jul 2006

Jose, your perfomance on the battlefield and your sacrifice for this great nation are not forgotten on this 4th of July weekend. Thank you for all you have done and I will try to serve my country as well as you did. May you rest in peace knowing that this country is in the good hands of today's military. Semper Fi, Marine.

Andrew Webber
andrew.webber@laughlin.af.mil

14 Sep 2005

Francisco Jimenez and I were friends in high school together. He was one of the finest young men I knew. Always quiet and respectful with a desire to do his best. It has been 36 years since his death and he is still missed.

From a friend,
Lynette Tregaskes
gift.lt@eac.edu

The President of the United States
in the name of the Congress of the United States
takes pride in presenting the

MEDAL OF HONOR

posthumously to

JOSE FRANCISCO JIMENEZ
Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a fire team leader with Company K, in operations against the enemy. L/Cpl. Jimenez' unit came under heavy attack by North Vietnamese soldiers concealed in well camouflaged emplacements. L/Cpl. Jimenez reacted by seizing the initiative and plunging forward toward the enemy positions. He personally destroyed several enemy personnel and silenced an antiaircraft weapon. Shouting encouragement to his companions, L/Cpl. Jimenez continued his aggressive forward movement. He slowly maneuvered to within 10 feet of hostile soldiers who were firing automatic weapons from a trench and, in the face of vicious enemy fire, destroyed the position. Although he was by now the target of concentrated fire from hostile gunners intent upon halting his assault, L/Cpl. Jimenez continued to press forward. As he moved to attack another enemy soldier, he was mortally wounded. L/Cpl. Jimenez' indomitable courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Three companies from the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, got caught up in a full-fledged battle during a search and destroy operation in Quang Nam Province on 28 Aug 1969. Kilo 3/7 took the initial action when they came under heavy fire while deplaning in a "hot" landing zone. Lima and Mike 3/7 were inserted with a dual mission - to ease the pressure on Kilo 3/7 and to take the fight to the NVA regulars. They did both, but while the NVA were forced from the field the Marines lost at least 14 men as a result of the action:
  • Kilo 3/7:
    • Cpl Charles C. Buchanan, Bristol, VA
    • Cpl Clarence H. Saint Clair, Pensacola, FL (Navy Cross)
    • LCpl Johnny S. Bosser, Fort Lupton, CO (Silver Star)
    • LCpl Jose F. Jimenez, Red Rock, AZ (Medal of Honor)
    • LCpl Robert W. McCabe, Cincinnati, OH
    • Pfc Dennis D. Davis, Capitol Heights, MD (Navy Cross)
    • Pfc Edward H. Sherrod, Oklahoma City, OK (Silver Star)

  • Lima 3/7:
    • Cpl Donald G. Bailey, Olean, NY (Bronze Star "V") (DoW 01/11/1972)
    • LCpl John C. Reevs, Calera, OK
    • Pfc Welby H. Grayson, Vienna, VA

  • Mike 3/7:
    • Cpl Michael A. McAninch, Houston, TX (Bronze Star "V")
    • LCpl Salum E. Chard, Millville, NJ
    • LCpl William F. Davis, Vina, AL
    • Pvt Marco A. Fregoso, Los Angeles, CA
The Marines view awards for gallantry in action with great seriousness. The fact that at least one Medal of Honor, two Navy Crosses, and two Silver Stars were awarded gives an idea of both the ferocity of the fighting and the bravery of the Marines involved.


The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow serviceman,
Andrew Webber
andrew.webber@laughlin.af.mil



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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 7 Apr 2004
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