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Lieutenant General James Vaught dead at age 86
myhorrynews.com ^ | Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 1:49 pm | Updated: 2:51 pm, Sat Sep 21, 2013. | Michael Smith

Posted on 09/22/2013 5:51:18 PM PDT by RaceBannon

A veteran of three U.S. armed conflicts who's believed to be a direct descendent of Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion has died.

Goldfinch Funeral Home in Conway, which is handling arrangements, confirmed Saturday afternoon that Lt. Gen. James B. Vaught died Sept. 20, 2013. He was 86. Services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Tilly Swamp Baptist Church outside of Conway, according to a Goldfinch Funeral Home representative. Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said Vaught died at about 5:30 p.m. Friday. He was found in a pond off Old Reaves Ferry Road outside of Conway, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Edge said Vaught was at the pond in a pontoon boat. Vaught's family called 911 after he didn't return home. Divers found Vaught in the pond after a search. Edge said the pontoon boat was about 30 feet from shore. "We're assuming he fell off the pontoon," Edge said. An autopsy will be conducted later Saturday to determine the cause of death and also how Vaught may have fallen into the water.

"I'm sure he'll be missed by his family and in the political world too," Edge said.

Born Nov. 3, 1926, Gen. Vaught served in three wars - World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired to the Myrtle Beach area, where he remained an active public servant and citizen.

Vaught has received, among other recognitions, the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldier’s Medal, Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with numeral 5, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge with one Star.

Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach, released a statement along with a photo of himself with Gen. Vaught on Clemmons' Facebook page.

"I am very sad to report that a local and national military hero, Lt. General James Vaught, passed away last night. General Vaught has been my dear friend since he and his beautiful bride, Florence, returned to his native Horry County for retirement. I am grateful for his lifetime of contributions to our nation, but more so for his friendship and advice over the years. If you didn't have the honor of knowing General Vaught, I have attached a link to some information on his amazing career and life. Please join me in a prayer of comfort for Miss Florence and the Vaught family," the statement said.


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I had the pleasure of meeting this man several times, and the honor of having breakfast with him April 25, 2010 in Arlington.

God Speed general Vaught.

1 posted on 09/22/2013 5:51:18 PM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon

In 1980, I was one of the Marines off Iran for the Hostage Rescue Attempt. Since 2000, I have made each 5-year memorial service. I had the honor of meeting General Vaught several times and having breakfast with him in 2010 the day of the memorial
God Speed, General Vaught!
http://www.wbtw.com/story/23493403/lt-general-james-b-vaught-found-dead#.Uj8XAzHD3L0.facebook


2 posted on 09/22/2013 5:51:56 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Lk 16:31 And he said unto him If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will theybe persuaded)
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To: RaceBannon

https://www.facebook.com/jim.bancroft.3/media_set?set=a.10202046009062216.1073741845.1546263781&type=1


3 posted on 09/22/2013 5:52:48 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Lk 16:31 And he said unto him If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will theybe persuaded)
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To: RaceBannon; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; Ajnin; ...

in memorium bump list


4 posted on 09/22/2013 5:53:55 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Lk 16:31 And he said unto him If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will theybe persuaded)
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To: RaceBannon

Sounds like a very dedicated soldier. Having received all those medals fro bravery he must have been in a lot of combat.

One thing I noticed is the story mentions a pontoon boat. Those are common and I have noted the word pontoon is always spelled that way.

However reading U.S. Army Signal Corps history from WWII, they always, and I mean 100% of the time use the word ponton without the double “o”. I have no idea why but it strikes me as odd.


5 posted on 09/22/2013 5:59:02 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: RaceBannon

Another odd thing to me is in the movie “The Patriot” is clearly based on the story of Frances Marion, the Swamp Fox.

In fact it goes by the story closer than most movies which are considered biographies. Why did they leave out that fact and just call it “The Patriot?


6 posted on 09/22/2013 6:03:40 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: upchuck; SC Swamp Fox

South Carolina/Francis Marion ping.


7 posted on 09/22/2013 6:04:56 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: RaceBannon
Rest in Peace, Fallen Brother!





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Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

8 posted on 09/22/2013 6:07:49 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Ma<center> <table backgrines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: RaceBannon

RIP


9 posted on 09/22/2013 6:09:15 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: Jet Jaguar; l8pilot; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; ...
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10 posted on 09/22/2013 6:09:57 PM PDT by upchuck (nobamacare must be stopped before it can live down to our expectations.)
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To: yarddog

“Another odd thing to me is in the movie “The Patriot” is clearly based on the story of Frances Marion, the Swamp Fox.”

The Mel Gibson character was a composite of Francis Marion and Brig. Gen. Daniel Morgan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Morgan

Particularly the climactic battle (Cowpens) where the strategy is laid out beforehand. (Militia to the center, 2-shots and fall back behind the line (infantry). That was Dan Morgan.


11 posted on 09/22/2013 6:12:03 PM PDT by Tallguy (Hunkered down in Pennsylvania)
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To: yarddog

I met Vaught the first time in 1980, he was on the port catwalk of the Okinawa, and I saw someone wearing a t-shirt and had his trousers bloused as a Soldier, not a Marine and he was wearing Army jump boots, not Marine Boots.

So, I asked him, Hey, what you doing wearing Army fatigues?
He looked at me, chuckled a little, and said, Well, since I’m in the Army, I should wear my uniform, shouldn’t I??

So, I ragged on him a little bit, he and the guy next to him, who I think might have been General Jerry Boykin, were elbowing each other, not letting me in on the inside joke that I was speaking like that to a General...

I related that story to him the breakfast we had in 2010, he just grinned

He still had his mind with him in 2010, and I WISH I could repeat some of the stuff he told me, it was just amazing!


12 posted on 09/22/2013 6:13:24 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Lk 16:31 And he said unto him If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will theybe persuaded)
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To: RaceBannon
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13 posted on 09/22/2013 6:14:35 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: yarddog

they must have an error, though, he is too young to have served in WWII, I think, my Mom is 88, 89 in Oct, she was Navy 44 to 46

Vaught being 86, I think he would only have been stateside for any time there, or still in college


14 posted on 09/22/2013 6:17:04 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Lk 16:31 And he said unto him If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will theybe persuaded)
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To: RaceBannon

He would have been 18 in 1945. He easily could have lied about his age and joined in 1943.

I know because my Uncle lied about his age and joined in 1942 at age 15.


15 posted on 09/22/2013 6:22:51 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: RaceBannon
Born Nov. 3, 1926...

If this is correct, he would have hit 18 on Nov 3, 1944.

16 posted on 09/22/2013 6:25:41 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

yeah, yer right, I keep thinking how my Dad was 1923, mom 1924, both went in right out of high school


17 posted on 09/22/2013 6:29:59 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Lk 16:31 And he said unto him If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will theybe persuaded)
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To: yarddog

I think his character was a composite of Francis Marion and Thomas Sumter.


18 posted on 09/22/2013 6:33:36 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: yarddog

I think quite a few lied about their age to go to WWII. My father-in-law was in combat in Europe on his 17th birthday, so with training- even if it was short training he had to be 15-16 when he enlisted. I don’t think it was considered a big deal then, they just needed so many and most considered teen age boys to be men then anyway since most did a man’s day of work.


19 posted on 09/22/2013 6:34:24 PM PDT by Tammy8 ( ~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: LucyT
Arlington National Cemetery, April 25, 2010


20 posted on 09/22/2013 6:39:36 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Lk 16:31 And he said unto him If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will theybe persuaded)
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To: Tammy8

William Fairebairn lied about his age and joined the British Army at age 12. He eventually became head of the Shanghai Riot Police. I have read that he was considered the toughest man in the army. He learned Jiu Jitsu from a Chinese master and was the first non Asian to become a master himself.

He taught the British Commandos and eventually the American OSS which became the CIA. He never drank, smoked or used profanity in any way.


21 posted on 09/22/2013 6:45:12 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Tammy8

Keep in mind, too, the average eighth grader had a better education than most high school kids now, and did their math without a calculator.


22 posted on 09/22/2013 6:58:09 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: RaceBannon

Thank you for your service


23 posted on 09/22/2013 7:13:03 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: Smokin' Joe

As a descendant of Francis Marion, does anybody know if Vaught was a conservative? One would think so. We know he was a hero veteran of three wars, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he was politically a conservative.


24 posted on 09/22/2013 7:13:28 PM PDT by sasportas
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To: RaceBannon

RIP General.

Thanks for letting us know Race.


25 posted on 09/22/2013 7:18:24 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: RaceBannon

Another fallen American Hero!ThankYou,General Vaught and GOD Bless You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


26 posted on 09/22/2013 7:54:52 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: RaceBannon
Thanks for the ping Race. I was ready to sign off and attempt some sleep.
We stand at attention and smartly salute his service to his country. May our Lord God now take him into HIS domain and reward him for a job well done.
You take care, George
27 posted on 09/22/2013 9:24:18 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: sasportas

he told me the Joint Chiefs hated Carter... :)


28 posted on 09/23/2013 2:31:19 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Lk 16:31 And he said unto him If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will theybe persuaded)
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To: RaceBannon

I’m gonna have to do some research. My grandma was a Vaught before she got married. I bet I’m related to this guy . My relatives have been in the myrtle beach area since the 1600’s.


29 posted on 09/23/2013 3:54:17 AM PDT by DirtyPigpen (Semper Fi)
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To: RaceBannon

God speed General. They don’t make them like you anymore.


30 posted on 09/23/2013 3:57:25 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: RaceBannon

RIP.


31 posted on 09/23/2013 6:48:16 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: RaceBannon

Lord Jesus, rest Thy servant James with the saints.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.


32 posted on 09/27/2013 6:26:59 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: RaceBannon

Everything I have read about Iran hostage rescue attempt was that it was a terribly ill-planned and equipped fiasco.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/10340663/Lieutenant-General-James-Vaught.html

What was your perception?


33 posted on 10/01/2013 2:40:57 PM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: iowamark

it was the best plan available, done as best could be done by the men who were on it

The worst part was the failure of the Navy to upkeep the helos before the mission.

In my conversation with Vaught in 2010, he told me a few things, I wont repeat most of them, but he was furious at the Navy and told them so for failing to fly them as often as he demanded to keep them ready.

The helos used in the mission were NOT the helos they trained in. If that was the case, there would have been no failure of the aircraft


34 posted on 10/01/2013 3:39:15 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Lk 16:31 And he said unto him If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will theybe persuaded)
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To: iowamark

http://www.rescueattempt.com

Is my site


35 posted on 10/01/2013 3:39:44 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Lk 16:31 And he said unto him If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will theybe persuaded)
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To: yarddog

Marion had performed some historical acts that may not have been considered acceptable by today’s lights.

Martin, being ahistorical could be thrououghly admirable.


36 posted on 10/07/2013 2:45:45 PM PDT by donmeaker (The lessons of Weimar are soon to be relearned.)
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To: donmeaker

Ya got me curios now.

What did he do?


37 posted on 11/16/2013 12:47:31 PM PST by kennyboy509 ( Ha! I kill me!!!)
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Marion was also tasked with combating groups of freed slaves working or fighting alongside the British. He received an order from the Governor of South Carolina, to execute any blacks suspected of carrying provisions or gathering intelligence for the enemy “agreeable to the laws of this State”.

One suspects that he carried out that order.

And the usual slave holder antics of kidnapping, rape, torture and murder as necessary. Nothing out of the ordinary.

In “the Patriot” Martin made the point that his workers of African Heritage were free men, and the British commander wanted to treat them as slaves. The fact was, Marion had slaves, and the British offered them freedom. Because of that, some African heritage people would carry food and intelligence to the British.

Of course Tarleton and Marion both killed prisoners. Reciprocity is one way to encourage an enemy to change his behavior.


38 posted on 11/16/2013 1:54:13 PM PST by donmeaker
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To: donmeaker

Thank You!!


39 posted on 11/16/2013 2:46:41 PM PST by kennyboy509 ( Ha! I kill me!!!)
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