James Gregory Condon

Specialist Five
Army of the United States
13 March 1942 - 21 June 1966
Whitman, Massachusetts
Panel 08E Line 071


Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

James G. Condon

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12 Apr 2003

Jimmy, not a day goes by that I don't think about you and miss you. You would be so proud of your sons ... Bobby is married to a wonderful girl and has five beautiful children, three sons and two daughters. Greg joined the Army. We will be going out to visit Bobby in May.

I remember all the good times we had before you left for Nam, deep sea fishing, playing pool and all the family getting together.How you loved to dance and were always happy and such a loving caring person. You were a little wild in your younger days but you grew up so fast after being in Korea for a year. Motorbikes - how you loved them . Loved playing horseshoes and just being with family. So much has changed and so many have gone on. I often wonder if any of your friends are still around.

We received letters from some men in your unit after your death and they told us so many nice things about you but we all know that anyway. Twentyfour is too young ... your sons were only babies when you left us. I remember how proud and ready you were. You always were looking for a new adventure.

I love and miss you so much. I know you, Mom and Dad are taking care of my two sons that are in heaven with you. Some day soon we will all be together again. God Bless You and all the brave men and women who gave their life for freedom.

Your loving sister, Jacqueline (Jackie)

24 May 2003

Dear Jimmy,

I miss you very much and every day I look at your picture and still have tears in my eyes when I think of you which is every day ...

Our sister Jackie, Frank and Rosie are here to help me write to you ... so here I am but will write to you later. I miss you and love you. Say hello to Mom and Dad too. Your sister Dawn.

Dawn M Monahan
494 S. Franklin St, Holbrook Mass 02343

November 19, 2003

Hi Jimmy,

This memorial is so wonderful as it gives us a chance to say some of what we feel about you that we didn't have the opportunity to say before. My memories are from our childhood when your family would come to visit us at the beach. You and I are only 5 months apart in age but you and I were skinny but about the same in height and somewhere around 6 or 7 years old when we met. We had so much fun running up and down the beach, splashing in the water and waves, chasing each other in the sand dunes. It was so nice having a friend to play with. Being the middle child is not always so much fun but when you came, it was great. We got along and had a grand time together. The memories of my childhood are very special and you were a part of those memories. I look forward, Jimmy, to our being together one day with all the family, rejoicing and loving each other. Today we are grandparents ... can you believe it! You, however, have a vantage point that is super for overseeing and checking to make sure their angels are guiding them just right! How wonderful heaven must be with all that "love" everywhere, no strife, no problems, just joy, joy, joy. Thanks, Jimmy, for making my little lonesome childhood a little less lonesome for a time. It will always be a memory of pleasure for me.

Love and hugs,

E-Mail will be forwarded by the

01 Nov 2006


I miss you and I am praying that you are in a better place.

I have worked hard to get where I am now, been with Federal Government in many different capacities for over 25 years, including 11 of those in the Army as well.

Many times over the years i have been involved in POW/MIA ceremonies, visited your name on the actual Wall and done much in support of the troops.

Now, I take care of the Veteran's here in Tampa, Florida, making sure they get the benefits they are entitled to. I am close to Mom as well, things haven't gone easy for her either and I am glad I can be there for support in your absence.

There were a couple times I got to meet Grandpa Jim and Grandma Kathy, and even spent a couple of visits during my tenure in the military and saw your marker with Grandpa at my side. I am sure they are with you now and you are content.

Someday, I look forward to the day when we can finally meet and know more about each other as you left us way earlier than you should have.

Take Care and Be Safe..

In my thoughts always,
Love You.

Your Son,

James G. ("Greg") Condon IV

23 Nov 2006

Hello, My Darling Jim...

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you and how we spent our time together while you were in the states. I still talk to a close friend you had in the unit and he and his wife are doing very well. His two daughters are all grown up now and both are married and have children so that makes Bob a grandfather. Your oldest son Gregory now lives here in Florida in Clearwater. He moved here three months ago and works for the government and he can't tell me what he does because it's a government secret. I do know this much - he helps veterans get the health care they deserve. I'm so glad your son Gregory showed this to me so I can write in my own words what I want to say to you. I visit the Wall every time it comes to Florida. I had a article written in the Bradenton Paper about you ... some veteran came up to me, he happened to hear me speak about your unit, and he wanted me to answer some questions about you and your unit so I did. So someday we will all be together again your sons, me. Til then we all love you and miss you terribly.

From your wife,
Doris Marlene Condon
4541 Amanda Avenue, North Port, Fl. 34286

28 Jul 2007

Your sister's love speaks my loss as well. How loved you are. Our love embraces you. We will join you soon enough though you were chosen far, far too soon. How alone we are left here without you and those like you. How we yearn for expression of the love we feel. Thankful that there is this place to say a word or two. Where do we come from? Where do we go? Any who are part of us are part of us forever and we for them. Because you and my love have gone before us, I can cross the line to join you. Why should I fear to go the way of my betters? I will follow. Thank you for protecting us, as we will protect the weaker who follow us.

Kathryn Nelda Mills Roettger

A Note from The Virtual Wall

QL-1, the main highway from Saigon to Hanoi, mostly runs along the coastal plain - but in some places mountains get in the way. Tuy An is one of those places; large hill masses crowd down to the sea, isolating the valleys to the west of the hills. The Special Forces base at Dong Tre was only about 18 kilometers (12 miles) due west of Tuy An, but getting from Tuy An to Dong Tre requires going around one sprawling mountain and through a pass between two others. The SF camp had been subjected to intermittent attacks during the spring of 1966 and intelligence reports indicated there were perhaps two VC battalions holed up in the hills between Tuy An and Dong Tre. In the third week of June 1966 two companies of the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry were inserted mid-way along the Tuy An-Dong Tre road on a search-and-destroy mission.

Alpha 2/327 was given the eastermost insertion point, about 11 KM east-southeast of Dong Tre, while Charlie 2/327 was inserted in the pass about 8 KM east of Dong Tre. The plan was that Alpha 2/327 would move northwestward to the road, then west along it until the two companies were joined. While Alpha swept the area, Charlie was to move northwards up the slope of Hill 258, the southern peak of a large hill mass.

Both companies were inserted without opposition on 18 June. They established night defensive positions, with Alpha 2/327 planning to begin their movement toward Charlie on the 19th and Charlie planning their move up Hill 258.

As Alpha began their move northwest on the morning of the 19th they could hear sporadic gunfire from the pass area. As the day wore on, it became apparent the VC were going to oppose Charlie's move up Hill 258. Towards nightfall both companies were ordered to establish NDPs. On the 20th, Charlie began an early move up Hill 258 - and found themselves in trouble with dug-in VC troops. Alpha was directed to speed up their movement toward Charlie and did so, arriving at an abandoned hamlet called Trung Luong at about noon - just about 2 kilometers east of Charlie's company base in the pass. As Alpha 2/327 was moving into the hamlet they were taken under attack by enemy troops. Radio traffic on the battalion net made it clear that Charlie 2/327 was taking a pounding on Hill 258 - and Alpha no longer was in a position to help them. Bravo Company 2/327 tried an insertion on the Hill 258 crest but heavy antiaircraft fire forced the helos to deposit the infantrymen further to the west than planned. Charlie Company was directed to reverse course and make for their company base in the pass. With both Bravo and Charlie off the VC-infested areas of Hill 258 supporting fires - air and artillery - could be brought to bear.

Seventeen US soldiers from A, B, and C Companies died in the fighting on 20 June, Private Fuller among them. At about 7:30 PM reinforcements arrived in the form of two companies from the 1st Bn, 8th Cavalry which were inserted - without opposition - on the crest of Hill 258 ... the VC had withdrawn from their positions. Although the cavalrymen were able to join up with the paratroopers, 2/327 wasn't out of trouble. VC attacks on 21 and 22 June against 2/327 positions in the pass resulted in 14 more dead - and it was no consolation to know that the VC losses were far greater.

The 31 men from 2nd Bn, 327th Infantry who died in the fighting around Trung Luong between 20 and 22 were

  • A Company:
    • SGT Reiner W. Bierowski, Milwaukee, WI
    • SGT Floyd C. Denson, Arkadelphia, AR
    • CPL Richard Hinton, New York, NY
    • PFC Benjamin F. Liddell, Columbus, MS
    • PFC Patrick T. Mooney, Brunswick, OH (Bronze Star "V")
    • PFC Alton B. Munn, Fayetteville, NC

  • B Company:
    • PFC James L. Emmart, Gary, IN
    • PFC Larry F. Herrin, Glen Mills, PA
    • PFC Robert C. Johnson, Kankakee, IL
    • PFC Ronnie L. Jones, Pulaski, IL
    • PFC Donald R. Smith, Inglewood, CA
    • PFC Edwin H. Sornson, Dover, DE
    • PFC Gene B. Spencer, Walworth, WI
    • PFC Richard E. Whiting, Pico Rivera, CA
    • PFC Millard L. Williamson, Perry, GA

  • C Company:
    • PFC Robert M. Cooke, Abingdon, VA
    • SGT Joseph H. Cooper, New York, NY
    • PFC Martin P. Eastham, Fox Lake, IL
    • PVT James E. Fuller, Evanston, IL
    • PFC James R. Mc Ilwee, Roanoke, VA
    • PFC Frederick L. Ryan, Steubenville, OH
    • PFC Billy E. Stevenson, Lebanon, TN
    • PFC Nathaniel Wilson, New York, NY

  • HQ Company:
    • SP5 James G. Condon, Whitman, MA
    • SP4 Leland R. Cottin, Dallas, TX
    • PFC Michael R. Hall, Tampa, FL
    • SP5 Bruce M. Johnson, Duluth, MN
    • PFC William M. Kelly, Peekskill, NY
    • SP4 Wayne H. Nelson, West Hampton Beach, NY
    • PFC Robert A. Peach, Skokie, IL
    • SP4 Fredrick H. Vester, Rockport, ME
2nd Bn, 327th Infantry was withdrawn on 23 June, while 1st Bn, 8th Cavalry continued the mission in and around the Trung Luong pass. While 1/8 did considerable damage to the VC, they were unable to force the VC to stand and fight. Never the less, 14 more US soldiers were killed between 23 June and 01 July - 8 of them during a 24 June combat assault at LZ APPLE on the hill mass south of the pass. The 14 were:
  • B Co, 229th Assault Helo Bn:
  • C Co, 229th Assault Helo Bn:
    • CWO Donald C. Estes, Auburn, AL
    • PFC Lawrence P. Lebrun, Philadelphia, PA
    • PFC William E. Steier, Binghamton, NY
    • WO Delmas S. Townsend, Core, WV

  • B Company, 1/8 Cav:
    • SP4 Adell A. Alston, Pittsboro, NC
    • SSG Charles M. Edwards, Clarendon, AR
    • SP4 Johnny Hickey, Cleveland, TN
    • SSG Bobby J. James, Houston, TX

  • C Company, 1/8 Cav:
    • PFC George L. Mc Williams, Palmyra, NJ

  • D Company, 1/8 Cav:
    • PFC Raymond M. Carley, Los Angeles, CA
    • SGT James T. Lester, Atlanta, GA
    • SGT Honorio Ramirez, Pontiac, MI

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Jacqueline R. Smith

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 12 Apr 2003
Last updated 12/05/2007