James Edward Magel

First Lieutenant
HMM-163, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
03 February 1940 - 31 March 1965
Lemay, MO
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Naval Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for James Edward Magel

23 Mar 2002

It has been almost 37 years since Jim was died of his wounds received in a ferry mission of troops in the bush. He was the co-pilot and had the the unfortunate fate of his picture appearing on the front cover of LIFE magazine in April 1965. A story is included as a journalist was aboard and recorded the events leading up to his death.

Jim, you will always be in our memories. You were a pleasure to know and go through training with at Pensacola. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Semper Fi, Marine!!

Dan Haar LT USNR
E-mail address is not available.

11 Apr 2002

I went through flight training with Jim Magel. He owned an old motor launch with several other MarCads while a flight student at Pensacola, Florida. The boat was usually at Perdio Bay or in the waterway going to Pensacola Bay. Wendell T. (Ted) Eliason and Gerry McKay were also regulars on the boat. They are also on Panel 1E with Jim. All four of us were room mates at Saufley Field. I'm the only one left. All four of us soloed in April or May, 1962, some 40 years ago. Jim liked a good time, had a great sense of humor and of all things liked gardening. Remembered and missed. I have that Life Magazine.

Roger W. Ek
E-mail address is not available.

A note from The Virtual Wall

Information on Lieutenant Magel's loss can be found on the
Pop-A-Smoke site.

James Edward Magel,
First Lieutenant, US Marine Corps,
was buried on 10 Apr 1965 in Plot 84-0-485,
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery,
St. Louis, Missouri,
surrounded by other men of courage and integrity.

A memorial initiated by a comrade,
Dan Haar
E-mail address is not available. 23 Mar 2002

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