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First Name: Jose

Last Name: Jimenez

Birthplace: Mexico City, MEX

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: Phoenix, AZ
Middle Name: Francisco

Date of Birth: 20 March 1946

Date of Death: 28 August 1969

Rank: Lance Corporal

Years Served: 1968-1969
Jose Francisco Jimenez

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Jose Francisco Jimenez
Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam War

Lance Corporal Jose Francisco Jimenez (20 March 1946 - 28 August 1969) was a U.S. Marine who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in the Vietnam War in August 1969.

Jose F. Jimenez was born on 20 March 1946, in Mexico City, Mexico. He attended Benito Juarez School and Jose Maria Morelos School in Morelia, Michoacán. He graduated from Red Rock Elementary School, Red Rock, AZ, in June 1964, and from Santa Cruz Valley Union High School, Eloy, AA, in June 1968.

Enlisting in the Marine Corps Reserve at Phoenix, AZ on 7 June 1968, Jimenez was discharged to enlist in the regular Marine Corps, 12 August 1968. He completed recruit training with the 1st Recruit Training Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, CA, in October 1968. He was promoted to Private First Class on 1 October 1968. Transferred to the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA, he underwent individual combat training with Company G, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment and with the Rifle Training Company of the 2nd Infantry Training Regiment, completing the latter in December 1968.

Ordered to the Republic of Vietnam in February 1969, Jimenez was assigned duty as a guide and fire team leader with Company K, 3rd Battalion 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 16 June 1969. While participating in action against the enemy south of Da Nang, Quang Nam Province, on 28 August 1969, he was killed in action. For his heroic actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to


for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division in operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 28 August 1969. On that date Lance Corporal Jimenez' unit came under heavy attack by North Vietnamese Army soldiers concealed in well-camouflaged emplacements. Lance Corporal Jimenez reacted by seizing the initiative and plunging forward toward the enemy positions. He personally destroyed several enemy personnel and silenced an antiaircraft weapon. Shouting encouragement to his companions, Lance Corporal Jimenez continued his aggressive forward movement. He slowly maneuvered to within ten feet of hostile soldiers who were firing automatic weapons from a trench and, in the face of vicious enemy fire, destroyed the position. Although he was by now the target of concentrated fire from hostile gunners intent upon halting his assault, Lance Corporal Jimenez continued to press forward. As he moved to attack another enemy soldier, he was mortally wounded. Lance Corporal Jimenez' indomitable courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.


Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 Service Stars
Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ Palm
Vietnam Campaign Medal

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Jose F. Jimenez's name is inscribed on Panel 18W, Line 002.


The Marine Barracks in Rota, Spain is named "Jimenez Hall" in honor of Jimenez.

Death and Burial

Lance Corporal Jose Francisco Jimenez was killed in action on 28 August 1969. Although his body was recovered, his burial place is unknown.

Honoree ID: 983   Created by: MHOH




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