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PFC James Edward Bates
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Birth: Mar. 2, 1948
Redding
Shasta County
California, USA
Death: May 25, 1968
Quang Nam, Vietnam

James the son of James T. Bates of Anderson CA and Rosetta Slingsby of Palo Cedro CA enlisted in the US Marine Corps on September 20, 1967 in Oakland CA. He arrived for duty in Vietnam on February 27, 1968 and was assigned to Company B,1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF.

On Operation MAMELUKE THRUST, Company L and a CIDG (Civilian Irregular Defense) Company established blocking positions north of Tai Son Village in "Happy Valley" to trap the enemy that was reported in the area. Company B was deployed to move towards their blocking position in order to flush out the NVA into the open. As the Marines began to cross wide open rice paddies on the valley floor towards Tai Son the lead platoon was met with a hail of fire pinning down the men in the open with little or no protective cover. Utilizing small arms, artillery fire and fixed wing bombing runs the Marines attacked the enemy force eventually clearing the area and forcing them to withdraw.

The days clearing action in the valley resulted in the death of six Marines and one USN Corpsman including PFC Bates who died in the action as a result of hostile rifle fire, fourteen additional men were wounded.

Casualties: Company B

James Edward Bates
James Clifford Butler Jr.
Lonnie James Gay
William Royal Lindsey
Leroy Palmer Jr.
Kenneth Ronald Semon

Casualties: H&S Company
Attached to Company B

Brian Eugene Campbell
 
 
Burial:
Lawncrest Memorial Park
Redding
Shasta County
California, USA
Plot: Section H, Lot YY 1, Space 3
 
Created by: Victor Vilionis
Record added: Apr 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68729506
PFC James Edward Bates
Added by: Tom Reece
 
PFC James Edward Bates
Added by: Lester Letson
 
 
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Remembering you and your family today. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. May you rest in peace.
- A Marine's Daughter & Army Mom
 Added: Jul. 19, 2014
Semper Fi Marine RIP you are not forgotten
- Scott E Dodson
 Added: Dec. 19, 2013
JAMES E BATES is on the Wall at Panel W70, Line 1. May his sacrifice not be forgotten.
- Billy M. Brown
 Added: Sep. 11, 2013
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