MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - James Egan, Jr., a U.S. Marine first lieutenant from Mountainside who went missing in action in Vietnam 50 years ago, will be remembered and honored at the next Borough Council meeting for “his courage, sacrifice and patriotism.”
“We are going to read a proclamation at the request of James Egan's family (on Jan. 19),” Mayor Paul Mirabelli said at the council work session Tuesday.
Egan's name is etched in the Vietnam Memorial in Westfield that was dedicated in 2014 (Related article on Tapinto.net )
According to the proclamation the mayor will read at Mountainside Borough Hall on Jan. 19, Egan joined the Marine Corps after graduating from Notre Dame in 1964, and while a member of the 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, he was unexpectedly ordered to Vietnam.
On Jan. 21, 1966, he was an artillery forward observer with a reconnaissance patrol which was operating about 15 miles southwest of the city of Quang Ngai in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam, when his patrol was ambushed by Viet Cong/North Vietnamese Army forces. Reports from his comrades established that Egan was wounded in the ensuing battle, presumably captured and he was thereafter carried as missing in action. His ultimate fate has never been determined.
“It is fitting and proper to assure that he is not missing from the minds and hearts of his fellow citizens of our Borough by commemorating the 50th Anniversary of his loss,” the language in the proclamation reads.