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PFC James Alan "Jack" Copeland
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Birth: Mar. 30, 1950
Raleigh
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 8, 1968
Tam Kỳ, Vietnam

US Marine PFC James Alan Copeland, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Raleigh, NC.

US Marine Private First Class James Alan Copeland was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Marine Corps, PFC Copeland served our country until November 8th, 1968 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. He was 18 years old and was married. James died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. PFC Copeland is on panel 39W, line 036 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for less than a year.

Seems like only yesterday we heard the news that you had given your life in Vietnam. Sandra was expecting Jack Jr. and we were all in shock and saddened for her. Thank you for making the biggest of all sacrifices for our country. Rest in Peace. JoAnne Norris Junkin, 47922 Long Lane Farm Rd, Lexington Park, MD, 20653, joanne.junkin@navy.mil.

Home town friend: Jack was a good friend of mine, we hung out together in 66, and 67. Jack had a 1958 Ford that he loved, his father owned a 'Junk' yard, and parts house. We used to ride down the dirt roads at the yard trying to see how fast we could go. I remember one time we went to a town named Apex, Jack was going to fight some boy so we drove to the country, the first thing he did was strip down so that he wouldn't mess up his clothes. He was always dressed neatly. I was in Infantry training at Ft Polk, Louisiana, when Jack passed. I came home for his funeral. It was a sad day for his new wife Sandra. Jack will always be missed. Danny Walker, Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh NC, 27609, dwalker014@nc.rr.com.

He is the husband of Sandra J Copeland, 917 Northbrook Drive, Raleigh, NC. Son of Mr James C Copeland, Route One, Huneycutt Road, Raleigh and Mrs Effie H Copeland. He is also the Father of Jack Copeland Jr.

He served with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, 3rd MAF.

He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon(CAR), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, the Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

 
 
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  J. C. Copeland (1923 - 1996)
  Effie H. Copeland (1918 - 2002)
 
Burial:
Montlawn Memorial Park
Raleigh
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Block 9,Lot 79, B-1
 
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 12, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17409586
PFC James Alan Jack Copeland
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Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Aug. 25, 2012
~ Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear ~
- The Grave Hunter
 Added: Apr. 24, 2011
"The true Marine fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."
- Tom Reece
 Added: Oct. 15, 2008
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