Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)


Place and date: Bong Son, Hoai Nhon Province, Republic of Vietnam, 16 February


Entered service at: Chicago, Illinois


Born: 17 October 1944, Aurora, Illinois




For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. His platoon was deployed in a night ambush when the position was suddenly subjected to an intense and accurate grenade attack, and 1 foxhole was hit immediately. Responding without hesitation to the calls for help from the wounded men Pfc. Monroe moved forward through heavy small-arms fire to the foxhole but found that all of the men had expired. He turned immediately and crawled back through the deadly hail of fire toward other calls for aid. He moved to the platoon sergeant's position where he found the radio operator bleeding profusely from fragmentation and bullet wounds. Ignoring the continuing enemy attack, Pfc. Monroe began treating the wounded man when he saw a live grenade fall directly in front of the position. He shouted a warning to all those nearby, pushed the wounded radio operator and the platoon sergeant to 1 side, and lunged forward to smother the grenade's blast with his body. Through his valorous actions, performed in a flash of inspired selflessness, Pfc. Monroe saved the lives of 2 of his comrades and prevented the probable injury of several others. His gallantry and intrepidity were in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army, and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.


--- General / Personal ---

Last name: MONROE

First name: JAMES HOWARD

Home of Record (official): CHICAGO

State (official): IL

Date of Birth: Tuesday, October 17, 1944

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single


--- Military ---

Branch: Army

Rank: PFC

Serial Number: 54801435

Component: Selective Service

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 91B20


--- Action ---

Start of Tour: Monday, November 21, 1966

Date of Casualty: Thursday, February 16, 1967

Age at time of loss: 22

Casualty type: (A3) Hostile, died while missing

Reason: Other explosive device (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Binh Dinh

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