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James Allen Boots

James Boots
Born 9 Nov 1948, Oroville, Butte Co, CA (HOR: Oroville)
Died 13 Nov 1968, Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam
Service Branch Army
Rank Private First Class
Rating or Job Grenadier
Unit CO F, (LRRP), 52nd INF REGT, 1st INF DIV
Campaign Viet Nam
Military Citations Purple Heart, Bronze Star
Family Father: Harold Edgar Boots was born on May 3, 1911, in Colorado. He died on September 16, 1976, in Chico, Butte Co, CA, at 65.
Mother: Dorothy Catherine Boots was born on June 16, 1916, in California. She died on December 4, 1995, in Chico, Butte Co, CA, at 79.
1. Roy Marion Boots was born on Jan 19 1937, in California. He had one son with Ellen Benoit. He died in Westwood, Lassen Co, CA on Feb 24 2006, and is buried there.
2. Edgar Harold Boots was born on January 19, 1940, in Chico, Butte Co, CA. He died on September 1, 2014, in Chico, at 74.
3. James Allen Boots 4. John Boots

Pfc. James Allen Boots

Feb. 9, 1948 - Nov. 13. 1968


James Boots, a native Chicoan, left high school to join the Job Corps, and worked at local farms and the Holly Sugar Mill in Hamilton City before joining the Army in November 1967. He was sent to Vietnam in May 1968.

A grenadier with a 26th Infantry long range reconnaissance patrol, Boots was killed in a firelight near Lai Khe six months later. According to his posthumous Bronze Star citation, Boots was mortally wounded when he “moved through a hail of hostile rounds.. in a courageous attempt to silence enemy bunkers.”

He was two months shy of his 21st birthday.

Chico News & Review, May 26, 1988

18920678 PFC USA (MOS 11B2P: Airborne/Ranger Qualified Infantryman,)
Casualty Detail: Multiple fragmentation wounds

Listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, Washington, D.C. Panel W39, Line 59 Listed on the Gold Star Memorial Glen Oaks Memorial Park Burial: Chico Cemetery, Section 30, Row 2, Grave 441
Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Ranger Tab, Airborne Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Airborne Jump Wings


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Bill Edmiston