The Rockingham County US Marine Corps League Pfc Jerry L McKinney Detachment 1232
was founded in honor and remembrance of of the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country
rendered by our own Eden native:
Jerry attended recruit training at Parris Island, SC then reported to ITR training at Camp Geiger, NC. He spent some time with MAD NATTC at Jacksonville, FL where he received training in basic electronics. Jerry received his orders to Camp LeJeune, NC where he was assigned to 6th Marines, 2nd Division. In October 1966, Jerry received orders to the RVN and was assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Division, 3rd MAF. He served as a radioman with Fox Company until he was killed in action while on patrol, April 8th 1967. Jerry was a PFC at the time of his death.
Pfc McKinney is buried at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens in Eden NC and memorialized on panel 17E, line 126 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.
He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon(CAR), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.
Eight men from Fox Company, 2/4 Marines, were killed in action on 08 April 1967:
LCpl Lawrence R. Hagedorn, Carroll, IA
LCpl Howard L. Leroy, Vancouver, WA
LCpl Francisco A. Montano, Tucson, AZ
Pfc Charles M. McKinney, Bristol, TN
Pfc Jerry L. McKinney, Leaksville, NC
Pfc James A. Popp, Hemlock, MI (Navy Cross)
Pfc Jeffrey A. Schweikl, Enumclaw, WA
Pvt Don C. Benfield, Macon, GA
The following excerpt from Pfc James Popp's Navy Cross explains the situation:
"Private First Class Popp's squad was conducting a squad-size patrol against the Viet Cong forces in Quang Nam Province. While moving along a trail in search of the enemy, the squad was suddenly taken under a murderous volume of small-arms, hand grenade and 40 millimeter grenade fire. The heavy volume of fire rained in from three sides, ..."
The Marines of Detachment 1232 are proud to honor the memory of this young man and his dedication and service to our country. We thank his family for allowing us to name our detachment in his memory.