Faye Sizemore

James Donnie Howe MOH
James Donnie Howe MOH. Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps

He enlisted from Liberty… in the USMC
to fight for another kind of liberty in a foreign land
When it came to bravery he took a stand…
not a second thought about what he ought
There was no time… no other way
He threw himself upon a grenade
that brothers might live another day
He sleeps now secure in Liberty
a hero to always be remembered
and a reminder that… freedom is not free
James Donnie Howe… USMC
it is bought by heroes like thee…
sleeping the peace of the brave
… safe now… forever in Liberty…

James Donnie Howe - Medal of HonorRank and Name: Lance Corporal James Donnie Howe
Organization: U.S. Marine Corps, Company I, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 6 May 1970

Medal of Honor Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman with Company I, during operations against enemy forces. In the early morning hours LCPL Howe and 2 other marines were occupying a defensive position in a sandy beach area fronted by bamboo thickets. Enemy sappers suddenly launched a grenade attack against the position, utilizing the cover of darkness to carry out their assault. Following the initial explosions of the grenades, LCPL Howe and his 2 comrades moved to a more advantageous position in order to return suppressive fire. When an enemy grenade landed in their midst, LCPL Howe immediately shouted a warning and then threw himself upon the deadly missile, thereby protecting the lives of the fellow marines. His heroic and selfless action was in keeping with the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service. He valiantly gave his life in the service of his country.