#VeteranOfTheDay Marine Veteran Jose Jimenez


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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Medal of Honor recipient LCpl Jose Jimenez.

Jose was killed in action on Aug. 28, 1969, but is finally coming home to the country that he loved and served.

Jose was born in Mexico City, Mexico. His family came to the United Sates and settled in Arizona when he was a young child. He wanted to serve his adopted country which he felt had given him so much. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1968 and was sent to Vietnam.

On Aug. 28, 1969, Lance Corporal Jimenez’ unit came under heavy attack by North Vietnamese Army soldiers concealed in well-camouflaged emplacements. He reacted by seizing the initiative and plunging forward toward the enemy positions. He personally destroyed several enemy personnel and silenced an antiaircraft weapon.

Shouting encouragement to his companions, Jose continued his aggressive forward movement. He slowly maneuvered to within ten feet of hostile soldiers who were firing automatic weapons from a trench and, in the face of vicious enemy fire, destroyed the position. Although he was by now the target of concentrated fire from hostile gunners intent upon halting his assault, Jose continued to press forward.

As he moved to attack another enemy soldier, he was mortally wounded. Jose’s indomitable courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. His actions earned him the Medal of Honor.

Upon his death, his mother asked that he be buried in Mexico. Now that his mother has passed, his sister is bringing “JoJo” home. This morning, LCpl Jose Jimenez was interred at Glendale Memorial Park Cemetery in Arizona.

We honor his service.


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Author

Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.

Comments

  1. Hector Leon    

    Welcome home. Thank you for your sacrifice.
    Thanks to your family for bringing you home.

    Viet Nam veteran 67/68
    198th Infantry Brigade

  2. Robert Bostic    

    He gallantly gave his life for our country. Thank you for your service..

  3. Ramon Laguna    

    Jose, thank you for your service. Army Viet Vet Salutes you.

  4. Azalia Marquez    

    Thank you so much Bob Lathim for sharing, Jose was my uncle but sadly I never had a chance to meet him. I love to hear stories about him and meeting people that knew him. I thank you so much for your service and for sharing. I truly appreciate you and the many men and women who sacrificed to keep our country safe. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  5. Ronald Gerhart    

    LCpl Jose Jimenez another American Hero! Welcome home from a Viet Nam Era Army veteran who served in Germany. All praise to you for your service and ultimate sacrifice, comfort to your family. God bless!

  6. Bob Junior Lathim    

    I was especially touched by your Story About Jose Jimenez because Jose and I were in the same Company Series 1027 at MCRD San Diego,CA 1968 and his picture is in my Yearbook From MCRD,I never Knew where he went after Boot Camp like so many others,I am saddened to read this about his Death,but I am not surprised as to his giving his all in Combat because he always did his best in Boot Camp.

    Semper Fi Jose,Salute!!

  7. Preston Balmain-USMC    

    Welcome home Marine. SEMPER FI…..JOSE

  8. Gwen Baptiste    

    Marine, welcome home and thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. God bless and Semper Fi from a woman Marine veteran.

  9. Thomas J. McGowan    

    Jose you made your family proud and every American is free because of you..Semper Fidelis..Viet Vet 66-67.U.S.A.F. Bien Hoa

  10. Arturo Hernandez    

    Lance Corporal Jose Jimenez is one of fifty-two (52) Latinos who have been recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

  11. Carlos Juarez    

    Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice Jose. Semper Fi brother. Gone but not forgotten.

  12. Robert Hey    

    GOD BLESS YOU MARINE! WELCOME HOME!! MY FAMILY&I ARE PRAYING FOR YOU & YOURS

  13. larry young 3rd recon 68-69    

    Saepius Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Aeterni!
    Fideli Certa Merces!

  14. Jay Douglas Tribett    

    Thank you JoJo for your Heroic duty and our Great Nation will never forget you, God bless you and your family, Welcome home. Vietnam Army veteran.

  15. Frank Vanacore    

    Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice Jose. Semper Fi brother.

  16. Bill Koepsel    

    This sacrifice will never be forgotten. God bless JoJo and his family.
    from a Vietnam and Air Force vet….

  17. Velma M. Mitchell    

    Thank you JoJo for your ultimate sacrifice of your life we honor you. Bless your family for sharing your story!!!

  18. Ken (Sgt. Mac) McFalls    

    God, and God’s Marine Corps, blesses him and his family. From one Marine Corps Vietnam vet to another, SemperFi my brother!

  19. Charles E. Fulp    

    The people with the right stuff!
    Charlie 69-72 RA 12988148

  20. Louis Nolan    

    Thank you Jose for your ultimate sacrifice and thank you to Jose’s sister for bringing him “home”!

  21. larry bradley    

    Thank you JoJo For your and your families service. WELCOME HOME. Semper Fi.

  22. Ronnie Williams    

    This Air Force Vet, thanks the family of the brave Marine. Welcome home JoJo.

  23. Charles Ade    

    Thank you for the well written VeteranOfTheDay interesting and encouraging story.

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