|Birth: ||Dec. 8, 1946|
|Death: ||Nov. 17, 1965, Vietnam|
PFC Jimmy Floyd Boren, the son of Herbert Floyd and Mildred Louise Oliver Boren, was born Dec 8, 1946 in Hickman County, TN. The family later moved to Trigg Co. when he was a small boy. He enlisted in the Army on Dec.17,1963. His basic training was held at Fort Benning, GA. He was assigned to Co.A, 1st. BN,5th Cav.,1st Cav. Div.
He commenced his tour of duty in Vietnam on Aug 16, 1965. While there his company was attached to the 2nd BN.,7th Cav. At X-RAY, one of the landing zones where the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley was fought. Jimmy was killed on November 17,1965.
Specialist Four Jack P. Smith, a supply clerk with Co.C, described the battle this way: "There were over 100 North Vietnamese snipers tied in the trees above us, so we learned later, way above us in the top branches. The firing kept increasing. We crouched and ran right toward what we thought was the landing zone. All of a sudden, all the snipers opened up with automatic weapons. There were PAVN (Peoples Army of North Vietnam)with machineguns hidden behind every anthill. The noise was deafening. Then the men started dropping. It was unbelievable. I knelt there staring as at least 20 men dropped within a few seconds." This account was written in the book entitled "We Were Soldiers Once....And Young." This book was made into a movie and released in December 2001.
Jimmy joined the Army to as he put it, "to make something of himself," and I am sure he died a brave soldier. This was accomplished before he reached his 18th birthday. He was laid to rest in the Boren Cemetery in Trigg County, KY on December 9, 1965, the day after his 19th birthday.
Jimmy has one brother, Bobby Boren, who lives in Trigg Co. He and his wife, Brenda have two children, Stacy and Jay.
"Rest in Peace" Jimmy.
Submitted by S. Faris and Lois Rundle
Trigg Co Veterans Book
Created by: USAFBRAT68
Record added: Jan 09, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17363492
Thank you for your sacrifice. God Bless you and your family.|
Added: Sep. 14, 2016
RIP. From nearby Princeton, KY.|
Added: Jan. 31, 2015
You are not forgotten. Rest in peace Jimmy.|
Added: Jan. 13, 2015
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