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  • Jim Gillies

    From: Pete Griffith [mailtoetegriffith@cox.net]
    Sent: Sunday, December 26, 2010 10:34 PM
    To: 'dave@hmm-364.org.'
    Subject: Pete GRiffith platoon and company commander Alpha 1/26 Vietnam 68-69

    There is a write up about Jim Gillies attached to your website. If itís the same guy, and it must be(?), Jim was a low bunk/high bunk rackmate with me in 47th Marine OCS mainside Quantico MCB Virginia from Oct-Dec 1967. Jim and I were commissioned 2 Jan. 1968 and he left for Pensacola Florida and Navy Marine Flight School immediately. I knew Jimmy well and he was a slightly built guy who wanted to be a Marine officer in the worst way. He had a tough time in the PT, confidence course and Hill Trails, was ridiculed by his DIís as being too skinny but he showed them he packed the gear. Our OCS class graduated with less than half of what we started. He made it. Itís the Marine Corps way as you know.
    I didnít know Jimmy was KIA until I was reading this Purple Foxes site. I was an infantry officer in Vietnam as a 2nd platoon and the Alpha company commander 1st Bn 26th Marines and the Foxes re-supplied and supported my unit in the bush off and on my whole combat tour both from the Purple Foxes basing areas in Phu Bai and Marble Mountain.
    Please pass to Jimís family my most fondest of wishes and sincerest sympathies.
    Jimmy packed the gear and thatís more than anyone can appreciate unless they fought the good fight too. Jimmy did the deed.
    Semper FI
    Parker Pete Griffith
    Former Captain USMC Infantry
    47th OCS and Golf 68 TBS
    Vietnam Alpha 1/26 1968-69

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    Re: Jim Gillies

    I wonder what rank Jim Giles was when he was KIA. Other Squadrons re-supplied them as well. Glad his Family was Proud of him, as all who knew him was. Semper Fi, and READY-APP.

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      Re: Jim Gillies

      Originally posted by John Ace Hunt View Post
      I wonder what rank Jim Giles was when he was KIA. Other Squadrons re-supplied them as well. Glad his Family was Proud of him, as all who knew him was. Semper Fi, and READY-APP.
      Jim was a 1st Lt when he was KIA.
      Pat Kenny

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