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Westfieldís Fallen from the Vietnam War 

JAMES DONALD ZEBERT  
"Jim"

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  November 12, 1947

Birth Place:  Westfield, Massachusetts

Race:  Caucasian

Religion:  Roman Catholic

U.S. Citizen:  Yes

Fatherís Name:  Theodore M. Zebert (1923-1982)

Motherís Name:  Mary (Jegelewicz) Shea Zebert (1913-2001)

Sibling Names:  Jessica (Shea) Lyons Blanchard Grabinski (1940-1990); Theodore M. Zebert Jr.

Marital Status:  Single

Education:

Schools Attended:  Westfield Trade High School, Westfield, Massachusetts

High School Diploma:  1965

Academic Achievement:  School yearbook:  Received Franklin I. Gates Award at Senior Class Banquet; Honor Roll grades 10, 11 and 12.  Obituary:  "third in his class"

Selective Service Data:

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Military Service Record:

Entry Date:  January 1969

Entry Mode:  Induction

Entry Location:  Fort Jackson, South Carolina (U.S. Army Training Center/Infantry)
                          (graduate of Company C, 2nd Battalion, First Brigade)  

Home of Record:  Westfield, Massachusetts

Service Branch:  Army                                 

Service Component:  Selective Service       

Rank:  Private First Class

Rank Abbrev:  PFC   

Pay Grade:  E3         

MOS:  11B10             

MOS Title:  Infantryman

MOS Background:  Established May 65.  MOS still in use Aug 00. 4th char of 1 = E1-E4 skill level.  5th char of O = no extra qualification or SQL.

Awards Received:  Bronze Star Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster (for heroism); Purple Heart Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Service Star; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal  

Badges Earned:  Combat Infantryman Badge

Posthumous Promotion: 

Length of Service:

Southeast Asia Tour Data:

Date Tour Commenced: June 9, 1969

Major Command:  25th Infantry Division      

Land Assignment:

Regiment:  23rd Infantry

Battalion:  4th Battalion                          

Company:  B Company

Casualty Data:

Casualty Date:  June 27, 1969

Casualty Time:

Casualty Age:  21

Casualty Data 1: Hostile, Died                      

Casualty Data 2:  Gun, Small Arms Fire       

Casualty Data 3:  Ground Casualty               

Casualty Province:  Tay Ninh

Casualty Country:  South Vietnam               

Located In Or Near:

Body Recovered:  Yes     

Burial/Memorial:

Burial Location:  St. Mary's Cemetery, Westfield, Massachusetts

Burial Plot Location:  Jegelewicz-Zebert plot

Burial Date:  July 11, 1969

Consigned Funeral Home:  Czelusniak Funeral Home, Westfield Massachusetts

Military Escort Name:  PFC Paul Charbonneau, USA (boyhood friend and classmate, also Westfield Trade High School Class of 1965)

Westfieldís Fallen Casualty Order:  4th

Vietnam Veterans Memorial:

Panel Number:  21W

        Line Number:  27

Local Memorial:  A James D. Zebert Memorial Fund was set up at Westfield Trade High School.  The Fund was to award an annual scholarship to the third ranking graduate at Westfield Trade.  "Additionally, a permanent golf trophy will be given out yearly by Berkshire Industries, where Zebert was employed for several years."  (newspaper account, no citation given)

(Special thanks to Nancy Zebert, wife of Theodore Zebert Jr.)


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