James Earl LakinsSergeant
D CO, 1ST BN, 501ST INFANTRY, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
27 January 1948 - 17 January 1970
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James Lakins and I graduated from NCOC on Feb 19, 1969. On June 14, 1969 James, I and several others from our class left for Vietnam. James and I were assigned to the 101st Airborne and went through Screaming Eagles Replacement Training (SERTS) together. The last time I saw him he was giving me a bad time about not keeping up on the morning run at SERTS.
In January 1970 James Lakins was killed by a booby trap outside of Firebase Jack. In April our company D/2/501 moved into that area of operations. I remember telling my squad that that a friend of mine had been killed here in January and that we should be alert for booby traps, as we had always worked in the jungle. We did not encounter any mines but James's death cerainly caused us to be extremely careful in the dangerous area.
James was the last member of our NCOC class to be killed in Vietnam.
A Note from The Virtual WallThe four men from Delta 1/501st Infantry who were killed by the boobytrap were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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