TRIMBLE, JAMES MITCHELL
Name: James Mitchell Trimble Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/E4 Unit: G/2/26 3 MAR DIV Date of Birth: 30 January 1949 Home City of Record: EUREKA CA Date of Loss: 06 April 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered Category: 5 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno:
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File.
CACCF KHE SAHN GUNSHOT/SMALL ARMS FIRE
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May 11, 1998
I'd just like all of you to know the extraordinary lengths some of our Brothers and their families will go to to insure that someone they never met personally will not be forgotten.
Bob Nessier and his family came on board quite some time ago and they have dedicated a tremendous amount of time to researching their adopted POW/MIA, James M. Trimble. They are erecting a permanent memorial to him on their property.
They managed to find his family and I am attaching the email I received today from Bob. You will note that James Trimble was a Marine. Bob was Army but his dedication to a Brother warrior's memory is something every Marine can be proud of.
There was very little data available on James Trimble but the following was gleaned from the CACCF listings. Date of Casualty: Saturday, April 6, 1968 Age at time of loss: 19 Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty) Country: South VietNam Province: Quang Tri
If any of you were in the Quang Tri AO in April of 68 and can help Jim Trimble's siblings learn something about their Brother and the unit and Marines he served with, I would be eternally in your debt. This is a situation where circumstance is at fault (rather than the government) for the family receiving no information, as you can see from Bob's msg.
Folks and Brothers like Bob (and of course, all of you) are the reason OJC is making a difference. Semper Fi, Gunny
-- George M. "Gunny" Fallon - firstname.lastname@example.org http://whitetail.nji.com/~gfallon Thank you for caring about America's Missing Servicemen. "A Man is not dead until he is forgotten!" For more information on OpJustCause, visit http://www.ojc.org ------------------------------------------------------------ Return-Path: LONEWOLF-GRZLE@webtv.net Subject: James M. Trimble's Brother
Dear Gunny, Just a short note to let you know that I just got off the phone with POW/MIA James Trimble's brother ( who is also named James ).
In short, POW/MIA Trimble was within a splintered family/custody dispute at time of his entry into the USMC at 17 years old.
The father is bitter over the loss of his son. He misses him terribly and would like to forget the whole thing. He was against James going into the service at 17 years old and during a temporary custody situation, the aunt gave POW/MIA Trimble permission to enter the service.
The other siblings know almost nothing of the circumstances surrounding the loss of their brother nor do they have any knowledge of the National League of Families or even the POW/MIA web network.
Gunny, I treaded real light to say the least and each time I was going to say that I would not bother them anymore they asked for more info on their brother.....what a sad state of affairs.
The brother asked, " is anyone looking for my brother"??.....He said the reciept of my letter to the family was a shock and stirred emotions coupled with a need to know what happened to James.
The brother said to me, " I am amazed that anyone would even care or even remember my brother after all these years " Wow..what I would of given for the power of God to change things...
The brother asked me twice if he could work on the front yard rememberance site with my family..this to me is an Honor of Honors......
The brother has no access to the web, so I have invited him to our home and we will cruise the POW/MIA network. He is NOT interested in the political scheme of things at this point in time, he just wants to know what happened to his brother ( James ) and the rest.
He asked alot of questions about his brother's platoon that I could not answer but by the grace of God we will find out....
Gunny, I can imagine that you have rubbed shoulders with the influential and hero's from all the four corners of the world, but you have one unsung hero walking point for you and that person is Alan Jackson and of course his wife Linda. I will make a point in physically meeting this remarkable couple of American Hero's.
Due to the custody dispute at Trimble's date of entry, it appears that the Trimble family is NOT listed as his guardians but an outsider is; so POW/MIA govt. information was not and has not been forthcoming to them....what a sad state of affairs....Does bad blood exist between the legal guardian and the Trimble family at this point in time....we will know shortly.
Linda & I went to the rock quarry and purchased 31/2 ton of granite rock for our front yard rememberance site, they will be delivered next Saturday....Hopefully they won't splinter prior to arrival as it about a 70 mile trip....or upon our attempted placement..( that will be the chore ).
In closing, I wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for setting the foundation in establishing contact with the Trimble's. Along way remains but after 26 years it's good for me in a very special and personal way.
I used to think that hero's were directly associated with the military but I was wrong they are all around us disguised as George's, Alan's, Linda's,etc...all we have to do is open our eyes and our hearts...Thanks for being there for us....
Gunny, a simple thank you seems so inadequate, but " Thank You ".....
Take the best of care...God Bless.
Your Friends, Bob & Linda Nessier
Library of Congress files:
RVN: JTF-FA Biographic/Site Report Update for REFNO 1120 Country: RVN
Name: James Mitchell Trimble
Subjects: Quang Tri Province; Ground battle
Type of Document: Automated Data Extract
Date of Report: 93 08 16
Date of Information: 68 04 06
Category: JTFFA FILES
South Vietnam, pre-1975: Investigative Report into Circumstances Surrounding Eleven Persons Listed as Missing in Action on 6 and 7 April 1968 Country: South Vietnam, pre-1975
Name: James M. Trimble
Subjects: Missing; Remains; Killed; Ground battle
Type of Document: Miscellaneous
Date of Report: 68 04 14
Date of Information: 68 04 06
Originator: HQ 2d Bn, 26th Mar, 3d Mar Div
Category: Casualty files
Mary - I have a Khe Sanh vet visiting and we've been discussing this loss incident as he was there. Noticed not much in the d'base about their loss incidents. With his help I found this short synopsis about the ambush. My Golf vets says this is accurate except for a few minor details. Tried a google search but apparently none of the survivors have written about their experiences.