Jacques

Jacques

 

 

         

 

 

Welcome Home Brother

 

 

        

            

 

      

   

  

   

   

   

   

  

 

Rest In Peace and God Bless You 

and Your Family

 

Semper Fi

 

 

In Memory of
PFC James J. Jacques, USMC
1956 - 1975

Obituary photo of PFC James J. Jacques, USMC, Denver, CO

Private First Class James J. Jacques, United States Marine Corps (USMC) killed in action during a rescue mission in Southeast Asia in 1975, will be laid to rest at 1:15 PM on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

PFC Jacques died in a helicopter crash near Koh Tang Island, Cambodia while participating in the rescue of the crew of the SS Mayaguez on May 15, 1975.

PFC Jacques was born on October 9, 1956 in La Junta, Colorado and came to Denver with his family in 1971. He graduated from South High School and attended Denver Opportunity School before joining the Marine Corps on October 31, 1974. He received basic training at Camp Pendleton, California before being shipped overseas.

We, the Jacques family, are very proud to announce that James J. Jacques is finally coming home after being missing in action since May 15, 1975. We, the family, are honored to bring him home and be able to lay him to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

He is survived by his loving family.

"Welcome Home Jim"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Service:
Graveside Services Tuesday, October 09, 2012 at 1:15 PM
Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area "C", 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO 80235
 
 
Interment:
Graveside Services Tuesday, October 09, 2012 at 1:15 PM
Fort Logan National Cemetery

 

Long-Missing Colorado Marine Buried With Full Honors

October 9, 2012 3:50 PM
 
 
Private First Class James J. Jacques (credit: CBS)

Private First Class James J. Jacques (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP) – A Colorado family’s years of waiting ended Tuesday when they finally buried a fallen Marine who had been missing since a helicopter crash during the rescue of an American ship crew seized by Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge in 1975.

Pfc. James Jacques was laid to rest with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on what would have been his 56th birthday.

About 50 Vietnam War veterans holding American flags lined a street in the sprawling hilltop cemetery. Doves were released after three volleys were fired into the air.

“We never lost hope that he would come home, and that day has come,” said Delouise Guerra, Jacques’ older sister. “Now we all have closure.”

 

 

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 12:30 am

DENVER (AP) -- A Colorado family's years of waiting ended Tuesday when they finally buried a fallen Marine who had been missing since a helicopter crash during the rescue of an American ship crew seized by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge in 1975.

Pfc. James Jacques was laid to rest with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on what would have been his 56th birthday.

About 50 Vietnam War veterans holding American flags lined a street in the sprawling hilltop cemetery. Doves were released after three volleys were fired into the air.

"We never lost hope that he would come home, and that day has come," said Delouise Guerra, Jacques' older sister. "Now we all have closure."

Jacques, then 18 years old, was on a helicopter that crashed during the rescue of the cargo ship S.S. Mayaguez crew in May 1975. Of the 26 people aboard the helicopter, 13 were rescued and the other 13 were declared missing, including Jacques.

Jacques was among hundreds of Marines and airmen sent to storm Koh Tang Island, about 60 miles off the coast of Cambodia, to rescue the Mayaguez crew. The helicopter carrying Jacques crashed into the surf off Koh Tang Island amid unexpectedly heavy fire from Cambodian fighters.

All 39 crew Mayaguez members were released safely by Cambodia, but some 40 U.S. servicemen were killed.

Jacques' identification dog tags were found in 1992, but his remains weren't positively identified until this year, said Air Force Maj. Carie Parker of the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel Office.

A Cambodian had turned over the remains to a U.S.-Cambodian search team in 2007. Newly available DNA technology allowed researchers to confirm the identity this year.

Guerra got the news in a letter from the Marines that arrived at her Denver home on Aug. 14. Her son Bob was with her.

"I started crying because I knew it was about my brother," she said. "We were crying, we jumped, we hollered."

Jacques grew up in La Junta, a small town about 140 miles southeast of Denver. He joined the Marines in October 1974, shortly after his 18th birthday. His family was apprehensive but didn't try to dissuade him, Guerra said.

"It was something he wanted to do," Guerra said. "He wanted to go and serve his country and do his best."

Jacques died just seven months after enlisting.

Twelve of the 13 missing servicemen are now confirmed to have died, Parker said. She said she could not discuss the 13th because an investigation is ongoing.

The Mayaguez operation is considered the last U.S. military engagement in Southeast Asia after the long and bloody war in Vietnam. The last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam in 1973, and the South Vietnamese capital fell to North Vietnam on April 30, 1975, just two weeks before the Mayaguez engagement.

 

Family welcomes fallen Marine home, 37 years after his death in Cambodia

DENVER – A Colorado family welcomes home a fallen Marine,  37 years after he was listed as Missing In Action in Cambodia.

In May of 1975, President Gerald Ford sent military force to Cambodia, where he claimed the Khmer Rouge had captured the 40-man crew of the SS Mayaguez merchant ship.

The goal of the effort, which happened less than two weeks following the fall of Saigon, was to free the crewmen.

One of the helicopters had 27 Marines aboard. The chopper was hit by ground and swift boat fire and crashed with debris landing both in and out of the water.

In the attack, 14 were killed –13 were injured. While the government was able to find closure for all but four of the Marines, James Jacques of Denver was one of the four.

 “We have been waiting for years to find out what really happened to Jim,” said his sister, Delouise Gurra, who was on the tarmac at DIA Monday for an American Airlines plane carrying his remains.

“In 1995, we were told a Cambodian man who had been carrying around Jimmy’s dog tag for a number of years, had given it to U.S. officials. That gave us renewed hope. Then when there was a DNA match, we thanked God for closure.”

 At the tearful tarmac reunion, the Patriot Guard, Denver Police Color Guard, and a detachment of Marine Corps personnel welcomed home their fallen comrade. With the motto, we never leave one of own behind, this was tough but honorable duty for the detail.

Once the family took the coffin to Newcomer Funeral Home, a display of James’s life was set up for the world to see.

From baby pictures to those in uniform, the boy from the Baker Neighborhood was welcomed home by friends and family.

He will be put to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery Tuesday. There will also be a ceremony for James and others who died as a result of the raid in a few weeks at Arlington National Cemetery. In the end, the raid wasn’t even needed, because the Khmer Rouge had already released the crewmen before the rescue attempt began.

In an odd twist of fate, James will be laid to rest on what would have been his 56th birthday.

Private First Class James Jacques, a Denver hero, welcome home.

 

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