PFC JAMES E. MALONE
James Edgar Malone was born 3 October, 1946, in McKinney, Texas. In 1966, James joined the Army, and like his dad in World War II, became a paratrooper. On Thursday, 14 December, 1967, PFC James Malone, arrived for his twelve-month tour of duty as part of one of the most famous units in the US Army, the 101st Airborne Division, better known as the "Screaming Eagles." His unit, Delta Co. 1st Bn. 501st Inf. Reg. 2nd Brigade, were sent to an area near Saigon, and shortly after moved north to LZ Jane, just south of the DMZ. The '68 Tet Offensive, initiated by the North Vietnamese, began on the morning of 1 February, 1968. James' unit was involved in heavy combat from the beginning. On the afternoon of 3 February, fifty-one days after arriving in Vietnam, PFC James Malone was shot by enemy rifle fire. He died on the battlefield and was awarded the Bronze Star for Bravery in Combat. James was 21 years old, and is buried at Williams/Mount Olive Cemetery in McKinney. He is listed at Panel 34E, Row 10 on the WALL.
COMBAT INFANTRYMAN'S BADGE
GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL
NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL
VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL
VIETNAM CAMPAIGN RIBBON
MILITARY MERIT MEDAL
GALLANTRY CROSS with PALM
SHARPSHOOTER BADGE with RIFLE and MACHINE GUN BARS
|Don't you know he hated the suit.||1st grade||Elementary School||Jr. High|
|High School||James Dean had nothing on James Malone.||Just before the haircut.||Pvt. Malone, after the haircut|
|Looking a little Salty.||Jump School at Ft. Benning||Screaming Eagles||Vietnam, ready for a days in the bush.|
|3, Feb. 1968||James' unit, taking a break.||The first casualty, James Malone||Reflecting on their first loss.|
|Bronze Star for Bravery||Purple Heart||Memories of a Hero|
|Williams-Mt. Olive Cemetery in McKinney||Warren Chan, close friend of James.|
On 8 April, 2009, the
webmaster at CCFreedom Fighters received this email:
I WAS JAMES MALONE'S SQUAD LEADER. HE WAS MY BEST
FRIEND IN THE 101ST ABN. I ASSIGNED HIM AS MY 'A TEAM' LEADER. I WAS
WITH HIM WHEN HE DIED AND HIS LAST WORDS WERE TO ME. I HAVE A VERY
MOVING PICTURE OF JIM IN VIET NAM MOUNTED ON MY LIVING ROOM WALL. I
HAVE OTHER PICTURES OF JIM. I WOULD LIKE TO DONATE THEM TO ANY
SURVIVING FAMILY THAT HE MAY HAVE. MAY GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY.
|James Malone and a little Vietnamese girl. There was candy in the helmet.||Dennis M. Daly
|James is the one wearing a helmet.|
James (in the background) with a captured Viet Cong Major.
''He also told about an incident in one of his letters where he and two other soldiers had captured a Viet Cong major. The man appeared to be dead, but when the soldiers checked closer, they discovered he was indeed, alive and well. They took him prisoner.' From "One Day as a Lion"
Can't remember his name
but this old
This picture (Spring - 2001) shows me explaining my tribute to Jim to my daughter and grand children. The picture that I took of Jim doing what he loved to do (give candy to the children), in this case in his helmet, makes up the lower portion. The upper portion is a reproduction of the cover of the book 'Conversations with God' in which an individual is depicted speaking across an expanse to God. I put myself there asking 'Why'? Jim was such a great person, and why was it him that had to die.
|Dennis at the Rolling Thunder Review in Washington DC|
|On 14 June, 2009, Dennis made a visit to McKinney, riding a Harley-Davidson, on his way from New York to California. We visited Jim and then I took him on a tour of McKinney and all the old hangouts.|
|Dennis at Jim's gravesite.||Dennis and RD Foster||The site of the proposed Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney|
YET FILLED WITH GRACE
It's blistered feet, withering heat,
|The 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles" in Vietnam|
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