The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*JIMENEZ, JOSE FRANCISCO
Rank and organization: Lance Corporal,
U.S. Marine Corps, Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place
and date: Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, 28 August 1969. Entered
service at: Phoenix, Ariz. Born: 20 March 1946, Mexico City, Mex.
For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a
fire team leader with Company K, in operations against the enemy. L/Cpl. Jimenez' unit
came under heavy attack by North Vietnamese soldiers concealed in well camouflaged
emplacements. L/Cpl. Jimenez reacted by seizing the initiative and plunging forward toward
the enemy positions. He personally destroyed several enemy personnel and silenced an
antiaircraft weapon. Shouting encouragement to his companions, L/Cpl. Jimenez continued
his aggressive forward movement. He slowly maneuvered to within 10 feet of hostile
soldiers who were firing automatic weapons from a trench and, in the face of vicious enemy
fire, destroyed the position. Although he was by now the target of concentrated fire from
hostile gunners intent upon halting his assault, L/Cpl. Jimenez continued to press
forward. As he moved to attack another enemy soldier, he was mortally wounded. L/Cpl.
Jimenez' indomitable courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty
upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service.