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JAMES GILCH, 1946-1966

James "Jimmy" Gilch was a native of Runnemede, NJ. He was born on May 6, 1945. He entered Triton Regional High School in 1960 with the Class of '64. However, he was left back after freshman year, dropped out of high school before grduation, and was drafted by Uncle Sam into the army in the summer of 1965. He was a PFC assigned to B Company, 2nd Platoon, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry (Mechanized), 25th Infantry Division.

At first, Jimmy was eager to go to war, but he quickly became disillusioned and his letters reflected a transformation, showing him increasingly burdened by doubts and by the knowledge that he would not survive.

Shortly thereafter, on July 21, 1966, Jimmy was killed in action. He was 21 years of age. He died when his unit was ambushed in South Vietnam as they were returning from a search and destroy mission. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart at a ceremony at Fort Dix, NJ. He is buried in St Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr, NJ.

See James Gilch Obituary, Virtual Wall, Tribute, Together We Served, Army Casualties, and A Vietnam Tragedy Unites a Professor and his Student

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