Medal of Honor

 

 

JIMENEZ, JOSE FRANCISCO *

 

Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division

 

Place and date: Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, 28 August 1969

 

Entered service at: Phoenix, Arizona

 

Born: 20 March 1946, Mexico City, Mexico

 

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 U.S. Naval Service.

 


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Last name: JIMENEZ

First name: JOSE FRANCISCO

Home of Record (official): RED ROCK

State (official): AZ

Date of Birth: Wednesday, March 20, 1946

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Marine Corps

Rank: LCPL

Serial Number: 527602916

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 0311

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Thursday, February 27, 1969

Date of Casualty: Thursday, August 28, 1969

Age at time of loss: 23

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Nam

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