PFC James F. Gase, US Marine Corps, Vietnam, 1969
James Gase, known as Jimmy to his family, was one six siblings, (Judy, James, Sherry, Larry, Kathy and Charlene) born into the Gase family, to James and Ethel. He was the second oldest.
At 6’3 he was a stand out basketball player on the varsity squad for New Reigel High School. James graduated in May of 1968. He enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly afterwards, three months before his 19th birthday. He became engaged to his high school sweetheart in December of 1968.
That same month he left for basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot located at Parris Island, South Carolina. From there he transferred to Camp Lejeune for additional advanced training. Upon completion of his training, James came home for a thirty-day leave before being shipped to Vietnam.
James had a premonition that he might not survive his year tour in Vietnam and shared that with his family. After his leave he was sent to Camp Pendleton in San Diego for final preparations to ship out.
On July 20th, 1969, he was flown to Danang in Vietnam. Little else is known because 19 days after his arrival, on August 12th, James was killed in action.
Semper Fi Marine!