Nugent, James Patrick


Rank: Private First Class

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

MOS: 63A – Mechanical Maintenance Helper

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

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 3-Apr-1951

Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 23-Apr-1969

Start of tour: 19-Nov-1969

Incident date: 15-Dec-1969

Date of casualty: 15-Dec-1969

Age at death: 18

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
James Patrick Nugent died as a result of wounds received while driver of a military vehicle on a combat operation when a hostile force was encountered. He was admitted to a military medical facility and later expired. / Driver on Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle (ACAV) on reconnaissance mission.  Engaged hostile force in firefight.  Admitted to 2d Surgical Hospital, Lai Khe, on 15 Dec 1969 at 1210 hrs placed on Very Serious Injured (VSI) list on 15 Dec 1969 at 1600 hrs and later expired.  Incident occurred on 15 Dec 1969 at 0920 hrs.

Five Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
PFC Ronald Charles Collins
CPL Farrish Combs
SP4 Daniel Millard Dawson
PFC James Patrick Nugent
1LT John Roche

Location of fatality: Phuoc Long, South Vietnam, XU 955 265

Place of interment: Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, New Jersey, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 15W 059 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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