James E. McCloskey

James McCloskey In Vietnam

James McCloskey
In Vietnam

United States Marine Corps
Colonel
Vietnam War
1968-1970

Jim McCloskey was born in Philadelphia, grew up in lower-Bucks County, and now resides in Blue Bell, PA.

Service to the Country

Jim was assigned to MACV, Northern I-Corps, Vietnam where he fought and trained with the RF/PF (Regional Force, Popular Force Militia) in Villages, south of the city of Da Nang. He was attached to the 1st/1st USMC where he trained the CAP (Combined Action Platoon) and deployed with Force Recon. Wounded twice, Jim earns the CIB (Combat-Infantryman’s Badge, Cross of Gallantry (with Oak-Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Legion of Merit in addition to other campaign ribbons. He was in Vietnam during the 1969-1970 time period.

Upon return, he was reactivated to a Civil Affairs Brigade which was converted to a Special Operations Brigade in 1990. Jim commanded this Brigade from 1995-1997, during which period his units were deployed to Rwanda, Bosnia, and Iraq.

Living in the Community

Jim has been married since 1973 to Carol McCloskey. They have three children, daughters Dana and Erin, and a son, Bill. Jim has run an International Consulting group for the last thirty years.

Jim is a member of the VFW Post 3612 and the Philadelphia Memorial Society. Jim was the founder of the Vietnam Memorial Run which for the last twenty-two years has donated both time and money to support the terminally ill children at St. Christopher’s Hospital.

Jim is also an adjunct professor at both Villanova and Penn State (Abington) Universities. Jim has taught over the 2007-2009 timeframe at the Universities of Da Nang, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh cities.