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Name: James Leroy Washington Sr
Panel/Line: 25W/8
Force: Army
Company: A
Rank: Sergeant / Specialist Five
Pay Grade: E4 Posthumous Promotion
CAACF: 67134844
Home of Record: New Orleans, LA
Birth Date: February 16, 1945
Race: Negro
Gender: M
Religion: Baptist
Married: Y
Death Date: May 5, 1969
Cause of Death: ground casualty by an explosive device hostile;
Died in Dinh Tuong at age 24
The body was recovered.
James Leroy Washington Sr

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It's been over 40 years, but I still remember the day Sgt. Washington was killed.  I was about 50-75 yards behind in the formation, partially in the village, when there was a huge explosion, with a loud crunching/crumping sound and air compression.  Chaos and screams....guys up front opening fire to the right into the treeline.  Being so far back in the formation, we couldn't do anything, except to lay flat on the ground and scan the area around us.

After receiving no responding fire, the guys up front ceased fire, and medics ran up ahead.  The rest of the guys in formation moved up and formed defense positions.  Then I saw Sgt Washington, laying on the trail under a pool of blood, eyes still open.  I started to say something, when a medic told me in passing that he was gone.  Sgt Alan White ordered me to pick up and carry the machinegun, which Sgt Washington carried.  The machinegun was covered with blood, which I washed off in a nearby canal.  I then pulled off the ammo belts, which were also covered with blood, some rounds smashed.

I humped with that machinegun for the next 2 months.

Ray Abe (Sp 4, 3rd Platoon)