Name: MAJ James Mathew Vrba, Jr. (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/31/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 31.2
Date of Birth: 11/05/1936
Home City: Houston, TX
Service: TC branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 114 AHC, 13 BN
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: TC branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 36E-041
Short Summary: Killed in a bunker on the SW side of Vinh Long airfield during an NVA night ground attack. Credited with stopping the attack. see memo.
Service number: O5410170
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 4823 = 48 Aircraft Maintenance Officer
Primary cause: Ground Casualty
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Started Tour: 09/12/1967
"Official" listing: ground casualty
Length of service: 06
Location: Vinh Long Province IV Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
Dennis "Duke" Vasey has collected information on Vrba including DD form 1300 Report of Casualty, orders awarding medals, personnel file, and a picture.

Reason: gunshot or small arms fire
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist - other groups
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 08/03/1997

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