The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SP4 James Irvin McCarthy Jr., who died in the service of his country on November 29th, 1969 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Friendly Fire (Artillery). At the time of his death James was 20 years of age. He was from Seattle, Washington. James is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 15W, Line 7.
The decorations earned by SP4 James Irvin McCarthy Jr. include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
The link below is Jim's memorial web page created by his brother Brian.
(His BSM Citation)
The Bronze Star Medal Is Presented Posthumously To Specialist Four James I McCarthy Jr.
For distinguishing himself by outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Through his untiring efforts and professional ability, Specialist Four McCarthy consistently obtained outstanding results. He was quick to grasp the implications of new problems with which he faced as a result of the ever-changing situations inherent in a counterinsurgency operation and to find ways and means to solve those problems. The energetic application of his extensive knowledge has materially contributed to the efforts of the United States mission to the Republic of Vietnam to assist that country in ridding itself of the communist threat to its freedom. Specialist Four McCarthy's initiative, zeal, sound judgment, and devotion to duty have been in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.