William Donald JinksCorporal
HQ BTRY, 12TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
16 July 1945 - 19 May 1967
Bay City, Texas
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We wrote to each other before we actually met in 1964 at Glorieta Baptist Seminary near Santa Fe, New Mexico. We were two young college students among many. We had such a good time that summer.
We continued to write and you came to visit me from Texas. You asked if I could spend the last weekend with you, your brother and his family in Southern California. We had a fun-filled weekend visiting the theme parks, the ocean, and just being a young, healthy, vital group of innocent younsters. It was the last time any of us saw you.
I think of you often; especially each and every Memorial Day. I miss you, and even though I have lost contact with your siblings and your parents, I know they miss you.
You were a good man, and a dynamic individual that everyone liked and respected. My heart and prayers are with you today, and always.
Connie (Long) Phelps
I was at Gio Linh with LCpl Jinks for only a short while, however I was immediately impressed by him. He was brought there by Major Al Grey, who later went on to be the Commandant. I could see why he wanted him, because he was one fine Marine. He impressed us all with his enthusiasm, energy and courage in face of some really bad stuff. I feel honored to have known him.
From a fellow Marine,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Nov 2001
Last updated 11/13/2010