Jim McDonough

8/2/1966 James & Lucy McDonough

James M. McDonough


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HONORED ON PANEL 9E, LINE 99 OF THE WALL

DATE OF BIRTH: 29-Nov-39
HOME OF RECORD:
Portland, Maine

AWARDS BY DATE OF ACTION: 1 of 1


Silver Star

AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Army
Rank: Captain
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Division: 25th Infantry Division
GENERAL ORDERS:

Headquarters, U.S. Army Vietnam, General Orders No. 6041 (October 15, 1966)

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain (Infantry) James M. McDonough, Jr. (ASN: 0-96057), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. Captain McDonough distinguished himself on 2 August 1966, while serving as a Platoon Leader during a company search and destroy operation in the Republic of Vietnam. While moving toward its objective, Captain McDonough’s company uncovered a Viet Cong base camp and immediately received intense hostile fire. Captain McDonough, quickly realizing that the numerically superior Viet Cong force was maneuvering to encircle his unit, repositioned his men. At this time, the insurgents began to mortar attack the besieged American unit. Realizing that his troops could not successfully break contact at this time, Captain McDonough directed the retaliatory fire of his men. Seeing his radio operator lying wounded in an exposed position, Captain McDonough, with complete disregard for his safety, crawled through intense hostile fire and dragged his wounded comrade to a covered position. After administering first aid, he called in an accurate artillery barrage upon the assaulting insurgents which repulsed them. During the lull that followed, Captain McDonough moved among his men giving instructions, attending the wounded, and reorganizing the defense. When a second Viet Cong assault began under the cover of mortar fire, Captain McDonough again called for and adjusted artillery fire. He then repeatedly braved the hostile fire while moving among his men, directing their fire and repositioning them until he was mortally wounded by hostile machine gun fire. Through his courageous efforts, Captain McDonough contributed immeasurably in repelling the Viet Cong force until a friendly relief force arrived. His extraordinary heroism in close combat against a numerically superior Viet Cong force was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Captain James M McDonough was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his exemplary courage under fire. The citation reads (in part): “Captain McDonough distinguished himself on 2 August 1966, while serving as a Platoon Leader during a company search and destroy operation in the Republic of Vietnam. While moving toward its objective, Captain McDonough’s company uncovered a Viet Cong base camp and immediately received intense hostile fire. Captain McDonough, quickly realizing that the numerically superior Viet Cong force was maneuvering to encircle his unit, repositioned his men. At this time, the insurgents began to mortar attack the besieged American unit. Realizing that his troops could not successfully break contact at this time, Captain McDonough directed the retaliatory fire of his men. Seeing his radio operator lying wounded in an exposed position, Captain McDonough, with complete disregard for his safety, crawled through intense hostile fire and dragged his wounded comrade to a covered position.” 
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/24533 

CPT JAMES M. MCDONOUGH, USMA 1962 – BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCE (81ST)

The “Friends of Rocky Versace” remember one of Rocky’s fellow alumni from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point – a Plebe in Cadet Company B-1, USCC when Rocky was a Firstie in Co. K-2 and a brother Airborne-Ranger/CIB recipient – Captain James Michael McDonough Jr., USMA class of 1962, on what would’ve been his 81st birthday – 29 November 2020.

THANK YOU

Dear Captain James McDonough, Thank you for your service as an Infantry Unit Commander and for graduating from West Point. Your 54th anniversary just passed, sad. Saying thank you isn’t enough, but it is from the heart. Time passes quickly, but our world needs help. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.

REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN HERO

Dear Captain James M McDonough Jr, sir 

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned. 

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you. 

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir 

Curt Carter 

WE REMEMBER

James is buried at New Calvary Cemetery in South Portland, ME. SS BSM AM-3OLC PH

IF I SHOULD DIE…REMEMBRANCES FOR CAPT. JAMES M.MCDONOUGH, JR. USA…WHO DIED FOR OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep…for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile…Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine…Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine…and I, perchnace, may therein comfort you.

POSTED ON 12.19.2001

POSTED BY: BEN YOUMANS

CACTI FOREVER

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A Company, 2/35th Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 25th Inf Division.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; 
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me 
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, 
This day shall gentle his condition; 
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed 
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here, 
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks 
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.
http://www.cacti35th.org

POSTED ON 11.15.1998

POSTED BY: MIKE MCDONNELL

A POEM FOR JIM

Gathered under ponchos in the rain
Our world submerged by monsoon weather 
Steaming heat and tough terrain
Guided by the Master’s hand

It was a time unlike another
Never to be shared again
But you will always be my brother
And in my memory of a distant land


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