‘Raiders’ dedicate conference room to Vietnam vet

| August 28, 2015 | 1 Comment
Photo by Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs  Galen Narimatsu, left, helps to unveil the memorial room dedication to 1st Sgt. Samuel G. Jenkins, Jr., at Schofield Barracks, on Aug. 19. Jenkins was a former A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, cavalryman who earned a silver star with the unit during the Vietnam War in 1968.

Galen Narimatsu, left, helps to unveil the memorial room dedication to 1st Sgt. Samuel G. Jenkins, Jr., at Schofield Barracks, on Aug. 19. Jenkins was a former A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, cavalryman who earned a silver star with the unit during the Vietnam War in 1968.

 

Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Calvary troops honored one of their own during a conference room dedication ceremony, here, Aug. 19.

The Soldiers of Apache Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, named the conference room after 1st Sgt. Samuel G. Jenkins, Jr.

“Any time there was contact with the enemy he risked himself for the good of others,” said Capt. Christopher E. Morrow, commander, Troop A, during the ceremony. “He epitomizes the noncommissioned officer.”

Galen Narimatsu addresses cavalry troopers at the Troop A, 3-4th Cav. Regt., conference room dedication ceremony at Schofield Barracks.

Galen Narimatsu addresses cavalry troopers at the Troop A, 3-4th Cav. Regt., conference room dedication ceremony at Schofield Barracks.

Present during the ceremony was retired Col. Galen Narimatsu, a representative of the 3-4th Cav Association.

Narimatsu thanked his audience for inviting him to the unveiling ceremony and said how important it was for the room to be named after Jenkins.

On display was Jenkins’ shadow box with his awards he earned during his two tours in the Republic of Vietnam.

“His original identification tags that he wore in Vietnam are inside the shadow box,” Morrow said.

An inscribed plaque of Jenkin’s Silver Star citation during his second tour in Vietnam was also part of the room memorial he earned.

On Aug. 19, 1968, he showed distinction again in combat in Vietnam when he, as acting platoon leader for 1st Platoon, Troop A, reacted to an enemy ambush on Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 5th Inf. Regt. He quickly saw that the Soldiers become disorganized and took command.

Once more, Jenkins was wounded during the heat of combat as he extricated the troops from the ambush. For his heroism, he was awarded the Silver Star. The 1st Platoon, Troop A, was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

He would later retire in 1980 as a first sergeant after 21 years of active service.

Jenkins passed away at his home in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, June 4, 2007, at the age of 69.

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  1. Robert W. Janek says:

    I served under Colonel Narimatsu (then a Captain) in Lich Hoi Thuong subsector VN in 1966…would love to get hold of him….you have my permission to give him my e-mail address.
    Thanks!
    Robert W. Janek
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