Jose Francisco Jimenez

Lance Corporal Jose Francisco Jimenez


Organization: U.S. Marine Corps, Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division

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

Entered service at: Phoenix, AZ

Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico

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, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division in operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 28 August 1969.Lance Corporal Jimenez' War Department Citation reads as follows:

On that date Lance Corporal Jimenez' unit came under heavy attack by North Vietnamese Army soldiers concealed in well-camouflaged emplacements. Lance Corporal 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, Lance Corporal Jimenez continued his aggressive forward movement.

He slowly maneuvered to within ten 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, Lance Corporal Jimenez continued to press forward. As he moved to attack another enemy soldier, he was mortally wounded.

Lance Corporal Jimenez' indomitable courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Information on Lance Corporal Jimenez and text of citation were obtained from official records made available by the United States Department of Defense.