James Michael Esposito

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps


B Company
3rd Amtrac Battalion
1st Marine Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: October 25, 1968
Buried at: Section W, Site 2092
Beverly National Cemetery
                  Beverly, New Jersey
Awards: Purple Heart

James M. Esposito

Boot camp photo from
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Platoon 122.

He earned the title “U.S. Marine”
January 25, 1967.

JAMES MICHAEL ESPOSITO. His home of record is Pennsauken, NJ. He began his tour of duty in Vietnam on March 12, 1968, serving with the US Marine Corps.

James' platoon leader, Russ Finsness, remembers him talking about his family a lot. Two other men, who he served with, Dennis Reynolds and Gene McCandless, both remember him as being a man who was fun and full of life. Gene McCandless recalls:

I quickly slithered up the bank and into a more safe location behind Corporal Esposito. I could see him firing rapidly in wide arcs to the hidden enemy on the other shore. In fact, I judged his fire to be too high at some points but he was making the best effort to lay suppressing fire and I dared not challenge him on it. He quickly would reload lengths of machine gun belts into his butterfly-triggered M-60 and continue to fire. He was a steady and effective Marine under fire. Major Molineaux was able to call in artillery fire, which blanketed the opposite shore, about 100 yards away, and their fire faded away. We rescued the sunken Amtrac and had a very exciting night road trip back to a secure compound. I felt so secure with warriors like Major Molineaux, the maintenance warrant officer, and Corporal Esposito.

Dennis Reynolds, who fought with James, remembers him as a “very happy, outgoing person, always with a smile and a laugh, and perhaps a bit of mischief in his eye.”

James Esposito was killed on October 25, 1968. He was killed along with two other men, SGT John Mary Avery and Billy Edward Scott, when the Amtrac they were in hit a landmine in Quang Nam province, South Vietnam. James was conscious after the mine blew up, but he received severe burns to his body. He was flown to the naval hospital where he died later that day.

is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
on Panel 40W, Line 32.


** Note that some of these messages are from years ago
and the contact information may not be good anymore **

Forty years today

Cpl: Today is forty years since you sacrificed all for our country and corp. We all know someday we will join you and other brothers in heaven. We served or tours in hell. We will know we arrived when we see the streets are guarded by United States Marines! Semper Fi!!

j d
Oct 24, 2008


A very proud cold war USAF veteran remembers you on this day. My God bless you and your family always. I salute you, Thank you 

Bill Gallenstein
Zephyrhills Fl
Oct 25, 2007


I knew Esposito as a lively, funny character with a ready smile and laugh. I believe, he had a wife and three daughters at home in New Jersey, and would love to make contact with them some day. Others knew him, better than I, but I still feel the loss. I have 2 pictures, of him, I can email, but it's not on a website, so cannot include it here.

Dennis Reynolds
served together in Vietnam in 1968
Oregon City, OR 97045
Tuesday, April 25, 2000


We were close, JIMMY

JIMMY and I, were in the same platoon, at 3rd Amtrac Bn., 1st Marine Div. When we were getting hit, by mortar and rocket fire, we would always find each other, in the bunker. We were also together, on the operation, in the boonies, on the day of the land mine explosion. JIMMY, I will never forget you. You live on, in my memory. SEMPER FI, from your hillbilly friend, from Mississippi, WILL

William Woolfolk
same Amtrac platoon as JIMMY
Jacksonville Fl 32219
Saturday, July 24, 1999