WHELESS, JIMMY RAY
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JIMMY RAY WHELESS, CORPORAL U.S. ARMY, SAN ANGELO, TOM GREEN COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal
Jimmy was the 4th of nine children born to Elsie Dunn and Mitchell Tom Wheless. He was born in Ballinger, Texas and raised in San Angelo. His father had been a veteran of World War II and had been a POW for 18 months in the European Theatre. Jimmy attended San Angelo Schools; Fort Concho Grade School, Edison Junior High and he last attended San Angelo Central High School. He dropped out his junior year and worked for Martin Glover Grocery Distributors in San Angelo.
He enlisted in the Army in July 1967 after turning 19. He completed basic and AIT in infantry at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He began his tour in Vietnam on February 5, 1968. He was assigned to HHC, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, which was the operational control of the 23rd (Americal) Division. He was killed in hostile action on May 9, 1968. His sister indicates he was killed by mortar fire, according to the telegram that the family received.
He was buried with full military honors in the Fairmount Cemetery in San Angelo, Texas. He received a posthumous promotion to Corporal. His older brother, Don passed away July 15, 1973 and his parents are buried next to him. His father passed away November 22, 2000 and his mother passed away May 18, 2003.
Fairmount Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas
He is survived by his sisters, Shirley Lee of Lufkin, Texas; Gladys Watson of San Angelo, Kathy Wheless, Betty Gandy and Darlene Reese all of San Angelo. He is also survived by his brothers Eugene of Robert Lee and Bobby Wheless of Las Vegas, Nevada.