Today, I would like to tell you about another set of brothers on The Wall That Heals. George and James Wright of Boring OR.
George was born 9-19-1945. He went to Gresham High School where he pitched for the Varsity team. George enlisted in the Marines, June 17, 1966. In Vietnam he was assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. His Battalion was participating in Operation Belt Tight with Fox Company near Truong Long. George died as a result of gunshot wounds to the neck and chest from hostile rifle fire on May 21, 1967. He was survived by his wife Janice, 3 brothers and 3 sisters and his parents. PVT George Wright was awarded: The Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marksmanship Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal. George is remembered on panel 20E, Line 80.
James Alfred Wright, born 01-14-1948, was drafted just two months after his brother George was killed in Vietnam. James also graduated from Gresham High School. His Vietnam tour of duty began July 29,1969. Specialist 4 Wright returned home after his first tour, married and had a son. He was killed in action May 31, 1969, in the Quang Ngai province. Just two weeks after returning to Vietnam, and 2 years, 10 days after his brother George was killed. He was awarded: The Purple Heart, National Defense Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Gallantry Cross, and the Army Good Conduct Medal. James was assigned to 6th Battalion, 11th Artillery, 11th Light Infantry Brigade, American Division. His MOS was cannon fire direction specialist. James is remembered on panel 23W, line 34.
The Vietnam Gallantry Cross was created August 15, 1950, and is awarded to military personnel, civilians, and armed forces units and organizations in recognition of deeds of valor or heroic conduct wile in combat with the enemy.
George and James brother Dennis was 19 at the time of James Death. His draft induction physical was cancelled by the draft board, and was told he could file for a hardship deferment. Their brother Gary was 12 at the time. They also had 3 sisters: Sherrie, Priscilla and Nancy. Their father, George, was a WWII Navy Veteran. They are buried at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, where they share a headstone. They are also honored on Highway 26 in Boring between mile marker 18&19, George is on the east side of the highway, James is directly across on the west side.