George Victor Jmaeff

United States Marine Corps
14 August 1945 - 01 March 1969
Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada
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Navy Cross

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for George Victor Jmaeff

I would like to hear from anyone who knows friends or family of this Marine killed on Mutter's Ridge.

Doug McPhail
Phone 205-785-1145

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A Note from The Virtual Wall

Three Marines died on 01 March 1969 as Charlie 1/4 assaulted Hill 484 north of the Rockpile, just south of the Demilitarized Zone:
  • Cpl George V. Jmaeff, Osoyoos, BC, Canada (Navy Cross)
  • LCpl Raymond R. Delgado, Watsonville, CA
  • Pfc Robert P. Menninger, Gladstone, MO

The Citation for Corporal Jmaeff's Navy Cross describes the circumstances:

The President of the United States
takes pride in presenting the


posthumously to

United States Marine Corps

for service as set forth in the following


For extraordinary heroism while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company C, First Battalion, Fourth Marines, Third Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam on 1 March 1969. While Company C was attempting to seize Hill 484 north of the Rockpile, the lead platoon was pinned down by sniper fire and grenades from North Vietnamese Army soldiers who were acting as mortar forward observers and occupying well-fortified bunkers. Corporal Jmaeff, realizing that a frontal attack would produce excessive Marine casualties, directed three men to provide covering fire and, fully aware of the possible consequences of his daring action, initiated a lone assault on the hostile emplacements. Although seriously wounded by fragments of a hand grenade, he ignored his painful injuries and, resolutely obtaining his objective, destroyed the first enemy position. With the arrival of a reaction platoon, Corporal Jmaeff steadfastly refused medical treatment and continued to direct his men until ordered to receive medical aid. While his wounds were being tended, he observed several Marines injured during a new barrage of mortar fire and, tearing the intravenous fluid tube from his arm, unhesitatingly left his relatively secure location to aid his companions. As he dauntlessly struggled forward in a splendid display of valor, he was mortally wounded by the detonation of a mortar round. His heroic efforts and selfless concern for his fellowmen inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in his unit's securing the objective. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Jmaeff upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 20 May 2000
Last updated 11/13/2010