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United States Army
196th Infantry Brigade
James Arthur Masten
James served as - Sgt. - E5 - Army - Regular Enlisted Service, having enlisted from 1958 to 1960 and again from 1965 till his death.

He was 31 years old at the time of his death.

James was born March 6, 1935 in Columbia, N.J.

His tour of duty in Vietnam began on Feb. 4, 1967.

James served with B Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade.

James died on Feb. 23, 1967 at 6: 42 p.m. in Tay Ninh Province
Republic of South Vietnam, during operation "Junction City"
`in the vicinity of  the village of Tri Bi.

His death was a result of being hit by enemy automatic gun fire.
Serving with him at the time of his death was his
Platoon Sgt. Joseph A. James

His body was recovered.

James was single, not married.

James is interred in the Fairview Cemetery in Columbia, N.J.

Jim attended Belvidere High School, Bloomfield College, and Trenton State College

James's name is listed on Panel 15E --- Line 79
of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"Rest In Peace James You Are Missed By All Who Knew You"
James served his Country and Flag with Honor and Valor. His actions and his performance of duty to the highest traditions of the Army and his Nation earned him the following awards:

Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service against hostile forces.
Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Combat Infantrymen Badge
The Republic of Vietnam, Military Merit Medal
The Republic of Vietnam, Gallantry Cross with Palm
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