VIETNAM - CHAMBERS, JAMES DOUGLAS

Chambers, James Douglas

VIETNAM - CHAMBERS, JAMES DOUGLAS
CHAMBERS, JAMES DOUGLAS

Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 20-Feb-1948

Hometown: Markham, Illinois

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 7-Jun-1966

Start of tour: 13-Aug-1967

Incident date: 28-Feb-1968

Date of casualty: 28-Feb-1968

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Artillery/Mortar/Rocket. Artillery, rocket, or mortar.
James Douglas Chambers died as the result of metal fragment wound received while driver of a military vehicle which was hit by anti-tank round during combat operation.

Location of fatality: Hua Nghia, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Mount Saint Peter Catholic Cemetery, Derby, Connecticut, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 41E 060 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

SPECIALIST FOUR JAMES DOUGLAS CHAMBERS
28 FEBRUARY 1968
F TROOP, 2nd SQUADRON
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Four Chambers distinguished himself by valorous actions on 28 February 1968, while serving as the Driver of an armored cavalry assault vehicle with Troop-F, 2d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, during a reconnaissance in force mission conducted with two battalions of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, 10 kilometers northwest of Bien Hoa, Vietnam. When the friendly Vietnamese units came under intense automatic weapons and small arms fire, Specialist Chambers immediately began providing a heavy volume of suppressive fire on the enemy positions, allowing the Vietnamese wounded to be evacuated. During the assault against the estimated 200 Viet Cong manning positions within the village, Specialist Chambers fearlessly maneuvered his vehicle to within a few meters of the insurgents, braving intense antitank and automatic weapons fire to enable his crew to deliver heavy volumes of devastating fire upon the enemy positions. During the assault, Specialist Chambers was mortally wounded when his vehicle was struck by an enemy rocket. Specialist Chambers’ personal bravery and devotion to duty were in 1seeping with the highest traditions of the mil1tamy.earvice and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division General Orders No. 2741 (25 April 1968)

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