Jay Karl Books


USMC Insignia

United States Marine Corps

LCPL Insignia

Lance Corporal

Parris Island Logo  Camp Lejeune Insignia  Camp Pendleton Insignia

Force Logistics Support Group - Alpha Patch  Force Logistics Command Patch  3rd Marine Amphibious Force Patch
Combat Air Patrol Hotel-2
Group A, Headquarters and Supply Company
3rd Service Battalion
Force Logistics Support Group - Alpha
 Force Logistics Command
3rd Marine Amphibious Force



  Purple Heart National Defense Service Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Vietnamese Military Merit Medal  Vietnamese Civil Action  Medal Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Fell November 16, 1966

Jay was born on the 27th of December, 1946 to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Books of Cleona.  Growing up in Cleona he attended Annville-Cleona schools.  He was a member of the Fairland Brethren in Christ Church and the Cleona Fire Company.  Although living in town, he loved farming and the outdoors.  He helped at three local farms and never missed an opportunity to go hunting.  Carpentry and woodworking filled out any spare moments

He enlisted in the Marines on the 24th of May, 1965 and served at Parris Island, South Carolina, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Camp Pendleton, California prior to reporting for duty in Vietnam on the 6th of June, 1966.  He was assigned to Group A, Headquarters and Supply Company, Force Logistics Command located at Red Beach, Danang.  He fell as a result of fragmentation wounds received from a rocket which struck the observation tower which he had fabricated.  Camp Books at Red Beach was named after him

He was awarded the Purple Heart, the National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. The government of Vietnam awarded him the Military Merit Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.  Because he was engaged in rebuilding nearby villages and upgrading municipal facilities, he was also awarded the Vietnamese Civil Action Medal.

In addition to his parents he was survived by a brother, Ted, Jr.

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