James Cornelius Doloughty

Staff Sergeant, Army of the United States


From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

22 September 1948 - 09 July 1969

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James Cornelius Doloughty is on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Panel 21W Line 088.

05 Sep 2002

My father, SSG James C. Doloughty, grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Central Catholic High School. He went through basic and AIT at Fort Jackson (SC) in 1968, and attended NCOC at Fort Benning in the 71st Co., graduating from there as a staff sergeant on November 4, 1968. After that he was assigned to Fort McClellan, AL. He shipped out in late February 1969 and was with the 1st platoon of Co A, 1/502nd Inf., 101st Airborne and was moved to the 3rd platoon of that company a few months later. He was wounded during an ambush in the Tam Ky area during Operation Lamar Plain on July 8, 1969, and died the following day at the 27th Surgical Hospital in Chu Lai.

If you knew Jim, please contact me. I have been in touch with some of his friends, which has been great, but there are many others that I'm trying to locate. I would also like to hear from the families of anyone else who lost a loved one during that ambush.

James, Barbara and Noreen Doloughty, December 1968
James, Barbara and Noreen Doloughty, December 1968

17 Oct 2006

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit Vietnam. My experiences there, and afterwards, and contained in my blog at

Noreen Doloughty

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 08 July 1969 the 3rd Platoon, A Company 1/502nd Infantry, was conducting a sweep in a valley near the hamlet of Ma Cau, just north of the only slightly larger village of Hau Duc. The point squad was ambushed by North Vietnamese soldiers and the following squad moved up to help - but there were sufficient NVA forces to cut off both squads from the remainder of the platoon. The last radio contact with the encircled US force was at 1445 (2:45 pm) on 08 July. Air and artillery fires were used to cordon off the last known US position while reinforcements were moved in, but nightfall precluded a movement to contact. At first light on 09 July elements of 1/502 moved forward and by 0900 had made contact with the surviving US soldiers. Eleven Americans died as a result of the ambush: The casualty database lists the location of Staff Sergeant Doloughty's death as Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam, but as noted he died at the 27th Surgical Hospital in Chu Lai, Quang Tin Province. The village of Hau Duc also is in Quang Tin Province.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his daughter,
Noreen Doloughty

The database page for James Cornelius Doloughty

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           Memorial first published on 05 Sep 2002
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