VIETNAM - SINCLAIR, JOHN JAMES

Sinclair, John James

VIETNAM - SINCLAIR, JOHN JAMES
SINCLAIR, JOHN JAMES

Rank: Staff Sergeant

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

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

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

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 5-Apr-1933

Hometown: New York, New York

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 13-Feb-1952

Start of tour: 28-Jan-1969

Incident date: 12-Aug-1969

Date of casualty: 12-Aug-1969

Age at death: 36

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
John James Sinclair was killed while on a combat operation when a hostile force was encountered. / On reaction force mission when engaged hostile force in firefight.

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XT 745 820

Place of interment: Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, New Jersey, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 19W 023 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

SILVER STAR

SILVER STAR
POSTHUMOUS

STAFF SERGEANT JOHN JAMES SINCLAIR
12 AUGUST 1969
HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS TROOP, 2nd SQUADRON
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Staff Sergeant Sinclair distinguished himself by gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force on 12 August 1969 while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date a fire support base came under intense enemy mortar attack followed by a massive ground assault. Sergeant Sinclair grouped his men together and raked the onrushing enemy troops with heavy machine gun fire. When several enemy soldiers attempted to mount one of the two friendly vehicles, he killed them with a burst from his machine gun. As wave after wave of enemy soldiers attempted to overrun the two vehicles, Sergeant Sinclair remained at his post and continued to hold them off. When he spotted a sapper attempting to place a satchel charge on the other vehicle, he killed him and saved the vehicle but was fatally wounded by a round fired by another sapper. Staff Sergeant Sinclair’s actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam General Orders No. 4802 (19 December 1969)

 

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