Messick, James Avery


Rank: Staff Sergeant

Unit: M Company, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 76K – General Supply Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, United Nations Service Medal for Korea

Unit awards: Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 31-Jan-2025

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Marital status: Married to Theresa Messick, two sons, four daughters

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 23-Aug-1966

Incident date: 8-Jan-1967

Date of casualty: 8-Jan-1967

Age at death: 41

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
James Avery Messick was a passenger in a military vehicle when it by fragments from a hostile claymore mine. / M Company, 3rd Squadron 1/4 ton jeep detonated mine at 2105 hours [9:05 pm] vicinity YT185112, resulting in 1 US KIA (SSG James Messick, M Company) and one WIA (driver).

Location of fatality: Bien Hoa, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 13E 126 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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