LtCol James Earle Page



LtCol James Earle Page
Fox Company Commander
2/1 Commanding Officer 1965


JUNE 27, 2020

Its with great sadness; we learn the passing of USMC Veteran of Korea and Vietnam, and proud TGGF Ambassador LtCol James Earle Page. He was 91.

LtCol James Page (USMC retired), passed from earth for new a duty station in Heaven on Saturday June 27,2020. Jim suffered a heart attack early last week that he did not recover from and passed away shortly after arriving at hospice care on Saturday. His family was with him when he died.

LtCol Page was commissioned in the Marine Corps after serving as an enlisted man during the Korean War. He was awarded the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. He retired as a Lt. Colonel and became a history teacher after serving as a Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines during Operation Harvest Moon, a search and destroy operation in the Que Son Valley in western Quang Tín Province, lasting from 8 to 20 December 1965.

In Vietnam, Captain Page was the Company Commander of Foxtrot Company, and until the day he died was still the C.O. for those of us who had the honor to serve under his command. Severely wounded, and thought KIA, during Operation Harvest Moon, Dec. 10, 1965, Jim went on to a second tour in Vietnam in 1969. The ′Skipper′, as many of us respectfully called him, was a father a teacher a mentor and historian in later life, but always found time to attend VV 2/1 reunions to be with his men. Many will remember the annual 2/1 reunion ′Jim Page Movie Night′, in which Jim would provide the Association with a Old war movie from his collection. And popcorn too.

Some of us had the pleasure of returning to Vietnam in 2018 and LtCol Page was there with us, when we returned to the very same battleground where he was wounded during that devastating Harvest Moon battle. His stamina and enthusiasm put many of us under the same pressure to keep up with him, that he did 54 years earlier.

Jim′s Cremains will be interred next to his wife Shari in Florida. Details of services is pending.

R.I.P. Colonel Page, may you have fair winds and following seas on your journey home.

Submitted by Paul Mangan, Fox 65-66