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Private 1st Class James T. Griffin Jr. US Army

James Thornwell Griffin Jr. born on 31 July 1948 in Bell County, Texas to Lula Mae Williams and James Thornwell Griffin Sr.

Reared by his grandmother, Mrs Pearl Ella Carter, in Cameron, Milam County, Texas most of his life. Graduated from O. J. Thomas High School of Cameron, Texas in May 1967. His father and mother resided in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Joined the US Army in October 1967 and trained at Fort Polk, Louisiana and left for Vietnam on 20 March 1968. Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class James T. Griffin Jr. 15809622 US Army A Troop 3rd Squadron 4th Cavalry 25th Infantry Division was fighting the hostile Vietcong enemy near Chu Lai in the Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam when he was killed in action on 24 August 1968 by small arms fire. His body was recovered and repatriated to America and interred in the Cameron Rest Cemetery at Cameron, Milam County, Texas on Tuesday 10 September 1968. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 24 Aug 1968


Major Phillip H. Holmes Jr. US Army

Phillip Hease Holmes Jr. born on 9 September 1934 in Franklinton, Washington Parish, Louisiana to Mavis Varnado and Phillip Hease Holmes Sr.

1935 living in Franklinton, Ward3 Washington Parish, Louisiana. 1940 census Age 5 living with his parents and a brother in Franklinton, Ward3 Washington Parish, Louisiana. His family moved to Baton Rouge where he graduated from Baton Rouge High School and then attended Louisiana State University as well as the University of Texas. Joined the Army in 1955. Married Miss Barbara Ann Green of Richland Springs, Texas on 8 June 1956 and they had three sons. They were stationed in Germany when he was ordered to Fort Riley, Kansas for deployment to Vietnam about September 1965. Barbara and the boys moved to Brownwood, Texas which is close to her parents home in Richland Springs. Newspaper↙.

Major Phillip H. Holmes Jr. O-4031231 US Army A Company 1st Aviation Battalion 1st Infantry Division and Rotary Wing Unit Commander was piloting an armed helicopter on an escort mission for a flight of troop carrier choppers near Xa Tan Khsi, South Vietnam on 8 June 1966. He received information that a motor convoy had received Vietcong fire from a roadblock, Maj Holmes got permission to fly to the aid of the convoy. Maj Holmes delivered supressive fire on the Vietcong on four low level passes, but on the fourth pass he was critically wounded by small arms fire but maintained control of the aircraft as long as he could. He was killed in this gallant action in the Binh Long Province, South Vietnam. Maj Holmes' body was recovered and repatriated to America and interred in the Baton Rouge National Cemetery at Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana on or about 20 June 1966. Silver Star↙ and Purple Heart.

KIA 8 Jun 1966