James Leroy Tangeman

Second Lieutenant
United States Marine Corps
19 April 1945 - 29 July 1968
Flat Rock, Michigan
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for James Leroy Tangeman

13 Mar 2003

From basketball star to Vietnam hero.
When Jim was a senior at Heidelberg College, I was a freshman.
I saw him play many games at Seiberling Gym. He was a fine player.

From another "Student Prince",
Ron Johnston
RR 6, Box 79, Marietta, Oh 45750

12 May 2004

I was a basketball teammate of Jim's during the 1965-66 season at Heidelberg College. He was an outstanding basketball player, a natural leader and he took on each day as if there was no tomorrow.

When I found his name on the Viet Nam War Memorial in D.C. years ago it brought me to tears.

From a teammate,
Paul Brown

7 Sep 2004

I was the 2nd Platoon Commander with Echo 2/7 during these operations.

Jim was assigned as our arty officer and provided arty coverage on numerous platoon patrols, company patrols and humped the hills with us without complaint.

He was a Marine, I can offer no higher tribute.

From a brother officer,
J. Toya, USMC (Ret)
P O Box 2062, Corrales, NM

15 Nov 2005

Jim was a fraternity brother in Nu Sigma Alpha at Heidelberg. He was also a Brother-In-Arms, and a good friend.

You are sadly missed, my brother.

Douglas L Tait
CW4 US Army (Ret)

A Note from The Virtual Wall

At the request of the 1st Marine Division, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/7 launched Operation Swift Play on 23 July 1968, only 17 hours after re-embarking on board amphibious shipping at the close of Operation Eager Yankee in Thua Thien Province.

Designed to complement Operation Allen Brook, Operation Swift Play was a surprise thrust into the Da The Mountain area, 6 km south of Go Noi Island. After landing by helicopter, BLT 2/7 swept north toward the Song Chiem Son and the Allen Brook area of operations. During the week-long sweep, the BLT 2/7 Marines uncovered numerous enemy caches and base areas, including what appeared to be a training center complete with lecture hall, carefully hidden in the steep, forested mountains. On 31 July, BLT 2/7 crossed the Chiem Son to Go Noi Island and relieved 3/27 Marines of responsibility for Operation Allen Brook.

Two days earlier, on 29 July 1968, BLT 2/7 lost three men:

  • 2ndLt James L. Tangeman, Flat Rock, MI, H Btry, 3rd Bn, 11th Marines
  • Cpl Jack M. Strong, Horseheads, NY, H&S Company, 2/7
  • Pfc Paul Shireman, Jacksonville, AR, Echo 2/7
A Marine Battalion Landing Team consists of an infantry battalion with attached forces suitable for the BLT's intended use. In Vietnam, a BLT commonly had an artillery section, usually made up of smaller guns suitable for carriage by helicopter. Lieutenant Tangeman, an artillery officer assigned to H Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines, was part of BLT 2/7's artillery team, functioning as a forward observer.

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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