Name: James Leroy Washington Sr
Rank: Sergeant / Specialist Five
Pay Grade: E4 Posthumous Promotion
Home of Record: New Orleans, LA
Birth Date: February 16, 1945
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.
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.