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 James Howard Monroe

James Howard Monroe

Birth
Aurora, Kane County, Illinois, USA
Death 16 Feb 1967 (aged 22)
Burial Wheaton, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 7653607 · View Source
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Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during the War in Vietnam as a Private First Class in the Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Bong Son, Hoai Nhon Province, Republic of Vietnam, on February 16, 1967. His citation reads “Private First Class Monroe's platoon was deployed in a night ambush when the position was suddenly subjected to an intense and accurate grenade attack, and one foxhole was hit immediately. Responding without hesitation to the calls for help from the wounded men Private First Class Monroe moved forward through heavy small-arms fire to the foxhole but found that all of the men had expired. He turned immediately and crawled back through the deadly hail of fire toward other calls for aid. He moved to the platoon sergeant's position where he found the radio operator bleeding profusely from fragmentation and bullet wounds. Ignoring the continuing enemy attack, Private First Class Monroe began treating the wounded man when he saw a live grenade fall directly in front of the position. He shouted a warning to all those nearby, pushed the wounded radio operator and the platoon sergeant to one side, and lunged forward to smother the grenade's blast with his body. Through his valorous actions, performed in a flash of inspired selflessness, Private First Class Monroe saved the lives of two of his comrades and prevented the probable injury of several others. His gallantry and intrepidity were in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army, and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country”. His Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously to his family. His name can be found on Panel 15E, Line 48 of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7653607
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Howard Monroe (17 Oct 1944–16 Feb 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7653607, citing Wheaton Cemetery, Wheaton, DuPage County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .