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Pvt James Howard Monroe

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Pvt James Howard Monroe

  • Birth 17 Oct 1944 Aurora, Kane County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 16 Feb 1967 Vietnam
  • Burial Wheaton, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 7653607

Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Served as a Private First Class, U.S. Army, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. At Bong Son, Hoai Nhon Province, Republic of Vietnam, on February 16, 1967, Pfc. Monroe’s platoon was deployed in a night ambush when the position was suddenly subjected to an intense grenade attack. Responding to the calls for help from the wounded men Pfc. 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, Pfc. 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 actions, Pfc. Monroe saved the lives of 2 of his comrades and prevented the probable injury of several others. His Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously and accredited to the state of Illinois.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 4 Jul 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7653607
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt 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 .