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Major General James E. Livingston

United States Marine Corps Retired,

Medal of Honor, Vietnam 

Medal of Honor Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Commanding Officer, Company E, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade in action against enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On 2 May 1968, Company E launched a determined assault on the heavily fortified village of Dai Do which had been seized by the enemy on the preceding evening isolating a Marine company from the remainder of the battalion. Skillfully employing screening agents, Captain Livingston maneuvered his men to assault positions across 500 meters of dangerous open rice paddy while under intense enemy fire. Ignoring hostile rounds impacting near him, he fearlessly led his men in a savage assault against enemy emplacements within the village. While adjusting supporting arms fire, Captain Livingston moved to the points of heaviest resistance, shouting words of encouragement to his Marines, directing their fire, and spurring the dwindling momentum of the attack on repeated occasions. Although twice painfully wounded by grenade fragments, he refused medical treatment and courageously led his men in the destruction of over 100 mutually supporting bunkers, driving the remaining enemy from their positions, and relieving the pressure on the stranded Marine company. As the two companies consolidated positions and evacuated casualties, a third company passed through the friendly lines launching an assault on the adjacent village of Dinh To, only to be halted by a furious counterattack of an enemy battalion. Swiftly assessing the situation and disregarding the heavy volume of enemy fire, Captain Livingston boldly maneuvered the remaining effective men of his company forward, joined forces with the heavily engaged Marines, and halted the enemy's counterattack. Wounded a third time and unable to walk, he steadfastly remained in a dangerously exposed area, deploying his men to more tenable positions and supervising the evacuation of casualties. Only when assured of the safety of his men did he allow himself to be evacuated. Captain Livingston's gallant actions uphold the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and United States Naval Service.

Noble Warrior:

The Story of Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston

USMC (Ret.) Medal of Honor, Vietnam

Noble Warrior is now only available (outside the major book sellers) in hardcover as a Print on Demand option for special events. Book purchases for book signing events with Maj. Gen. Livingston are non-refundable. Please keep this in mind when ordering. Colin and Anne will also send custom signed bookplates to accompany the books signed by the general if requested for an additional $5.00.




Map of Vietnam

See the story of the Marines and Sailors of 2/4 on the American Heroes Channel link. The series is Against the Odds: episode "Magnificent Bastards of Dai Do."

Interactive Map of the Vietnam War by State and High School
http://www.virtualwall.org/iSt ates.htm

Southern Sense Radio Show with Annie with Maj. Gen. Livingston and Colin D. Heaton discussing Noble Warrior, Politics and Current Events.

Joe Galloway Narrating Salute to Helo Pilots


CSPAN Discussion on Vietnam

As you can see from this production, the Vietnam war was not a war of aggression fought by U.S. minority draftees against peasant insurgents. It was a full on invasion of regular North Vietnam Divisions sponsored by Russia and China.


See a historical compilation of Vietnam at the link below


Congratulations to Maj Gen Livingston and Sara on their 50th Wedding Anniversary

Photo courtesy of Paige B. Sawyer

Prager Video on Who Really Lost Vietnam


Capt. Ben Cascio, 1Lt Duck Nelson, Cpl. Bocanegra, Cpl. Kaiser & Doc Jones  (Khe Sanh, Christmas Day, 1967) Helo pilot Ben Casio is one of the heroes discussed in the book, a remarkable story indeed

 The Radio Show site is below

 The link to the recorded show is below

Battle of Dai Do Video Segments

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4


Part 5


Part 6


Part 7



Colin Heaton and Maj Gen Livingston at a signing in Georgetown, SC in 2010

Maj Gen Livingston Interviewed During Saigon Survivors Commemoration Event


In support of Wounded Warrior Project, Independence Fund and Fisher House we will take orders for signed photographs of Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston. If you wish to order one, and want it personalized, please send us an email with your request. Photos are $50.00 plus $5.00 postage. Please go to "Links" to support the these charities.


                 Maj. Gen. Livingston handing Marine Cpl. Michael Jernigan the Trojan Hero Award on the USS Yorktown on May 15, 2012


The Nov. 19, 2010 Quantico event was fantastic, and 29th Commandant of Marines Gen. Alfred M. Gray arrived and signed books. See our photos and links sections. We concluded the event at the Globe and Laurel, and were the guests of Major Rick Spooner, a wonderful man, legend in his own right, and a WW II veteran. Commandant of Marines Gen. Amos arrived, along with the undersecretary of the Navy, and all had a great time.


Below: Maj. Gen. Livingston at Eagle Oaks Country Club with Fox News anchor John Scott


Please see our links section, where videos related to our books, interviews and other information are located, and this will be constantly updated.

To all active duty military and retired military: We will give you a 20% discount off the posted website cover price for signed copies (except limited editions) and free shipping to any APO and FPO addresses overseas. Notify us of your status, unit, rank, etc.

We will update this page as times and events are confirmed and more events are scheduled in 2011 and 2012. Should organizations wish to book the general for speaking or book signing events, please contact us far in advance.

The general was honored by the American veterans Center along with many other deserving heroes. The link to the taped awards program is


Commandant General Joseph Dunford's 2014 Birthday Message


Maj. Gen. Livingston's 76th Birthday Party

Maj. Gen. Livingston Class of 1962 Receiving Lifetime Achievement Award from Auburn University


Maj Gen Livingston addressed the annual VFW National Convention  in New Orleans on July 25, 2017, and his speech regarding veterans, the military and service past, present and future was well received.

Two generations of Echo Co. 2/4 skippers together in 2017, Maj Gen James E. Livingston commanded E/2/4 in 1968 in Vietnam, and Major Scott Huesing commanded Echo Co. in Iraq during the fight for Ramadi during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Scott will be releasing a new book, Echo in Ramadi  to be published by Random House.

We will advertise Scott's book on our website, and it has been endorsed by the 2/4 Association and we expect it to be a serious contender, joining Noble Warrior on the Commandant's Reading List. 

We are proud to have been working with Maj Gen Livingston for over a decade, and now we have the great honor of working with Major Huesing, who led his Echo Marines into history following the great tradition of 2/4 and the United States Marine Corps. Scott's forthcoming book Echo in Ramadi is highlighted in the attached video link https://youtu.be/GH70KKCRaZI   Scott was a special guest on the Southern Sense Radio Show with Ann Uebelis discussing his career and his book Echo in Ramadi on Blog Talk Radio located at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/southernsense/2017/07/07/scott-huesing--echo-in-ramadi-and-ed-brodow--tyranny-of-the-minority

Lt. Col. Jack Deichman, USMC (Ret)

Courtesy photo Brigadier General William Weise, USMC (retired), right, presents Lieutenant Colonel Jack Deichman, USMC (retired) with his Bronze Star during the Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony at the Coatesville Veteran Affairs Medical Center on March 29, 2016.

(Photo By Ginger Dunbar, Daily Local News)

The Coatesville Veteran Affairs Medical Center honored Vietnam veterans Tuesday during its Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony.

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) conducted events nationwide on March 29 in VA facilities to recognize, honor and thank Vietnam War veterans for their service and sacrifices, as part of the national Vietnam War Commemoration.

“Through Commemorations, like today’s we intend to offer the thanks of our nation to as many as possible of the 7.2 million living Vietnam veterans and the 9 million families of those who served from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975,” said Gary Devansky, Coatesville VA Medical Center director. The 138 veterans present at the Coatesville VA in Caln received a commemoration pin from VA Department. During the ceremony, Lieutenant Colonel Jack Deichman received the Bronze Star medal with the “V” device, which means he received the Bronze Star Medal for valor.

Deichman was commissioned as a second lieutenant in April 1967. After months of training, he was sent to Vietnam in late September, where he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines.

From April 30 to May 3, 1968, Deichman participated in combat operations around a group of villages named Dai Do. The 652 marines and sailors of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines were tasked to stop the advance of a 10,000-man strong 320 North Vietnamese Army Division. The 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines halted the advancing enemy and drove them back into North Vietnam.

Deichman was awarded the Silver Star for his heroic actions under fire and the Purple Heart for being wounded in action. His company commander received the Congressional Medal of Honor. His battalion commander, now retired Brigadier General William Weiss was awarded the Navy Cross. Weiss presented Deichman with his Bronze Star at the event.

After Vietnam, Deichman continued his career in the Marine Corps. He transitioned and spent the next 22 years in the communications and intelligence, fields. He served in various assignments which included serving as the first marine on the National Signals Intelligence Council. His last assignment was as a battalion commander of a Marine Support Battalion. He retired from the Marine Corps as a Lt. Colonel in 1986.

Deichman’s military awards include: Silver Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and his newly presented Bronze Star Medal.

Coatesville VA is one of 152 Veteran Affairs Medical Centers nationwide.

“From the beginning of the Vietnam War, Coatesville Veteran Affairs Medical Center has served Vietnam Veterans who came home,” Devansky said. “On behalf of the employees at the Coatesville VA Medical Center we are very honored to host this important commemoration and to say a sincere thank you to all Vietnam era veterans for their sacrifice and service to our nation.”

State Rep. Steve Barrar, majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, along with other members of the House and Senate, said the ceremony recognized the end of the Vietnam War and celebrated the men and women who served there.

All of the Vietnam veterans in attendance in Harrisburg were presented with lapel pins to recognize them for their service. An eagle, laurel wreath, and the stars and stripes were imprinted on the pins.

“Unfortunately, for reasons well out of their control, Vietnam veterans have not received the respect they deserve,” said Barrar, R-167th of Upper Chichester. “Any personal beliefs about a war do not change the commitments and incredible dedication of our military, dedication that must never be forgotten.”

Brig. Gen. Jerry Beck spoke of the Faces Never Forgotten Project, which is dedicated to displaying a picture of each fallen Vietnam hero on the virtual wall. More than 58,000 men and women died in the war.

More Vietnam Veterans from 2/4 Recognized

Dan "Waggs Waggoner (left) and Mike Castle served together, and in 1969 Mike saved Dan's life after he was hit by a RPG near a river. decades later the riddle was solved. Maj Gen Livingston and BGen Weise presented Mike Castle with a Bronze Star on August 4, 2017, which was long overdue.

                  Major Kenneth Johnson

 Above: Major Kenneth Johnson, US Army (Ret) (center) received the Silver Star 44 years after his heroic actions. Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is to the right.See the news article at the link below:



 Silver Star


Ken Johnson is heavily mentioned in Noble Warrior, as his UH-1 helicopter unit, including his crewmen and fellow Army aviators such as Sam Davis and Wally Nunn, supported the Marines of 2/4 during the epic three day Battle of Dai Do. Recently, 44 years later, Ken finally received the Silver Star for his heroic actions. Piloting his helicopter into enemy fire and under friendly fire, he saved the lives of many soldiers and Marines. Well done Ken! Many are alive today because of you, Sam and Wally.

 Brig Gen Bill Wiese and Capt Cascio
Nov 9, 2013
Yesterday I had an incredible experience-- a ride in YN 19, a 50 year old H-34 helicopter, piloted by Captain Ben Cascio, USMC (Retired) who lost an eye and was badly wounded in a night medical evacuation which saved the lives of his crew and 8 Magnificent Bastards of on 30 April 1968. My last previous ride in an H-34 was on a stretcher in 2 May 1968 during the Battle Of DaiDo 
This venerable aircraft participated in the Operation Starlight in August, 1965 and most likely carried Marines and Sailors of the 2d Bn 4th Marines in a successful helicopter--borne assault under the command of LtCol "Bull" Fisher. It may have even carried LCpl Joe Paul, 2/4's first Medal of Honor recipient. Starlight was a highly successful spoiling attack which destroyed a Viet Cong Regiment prevented destruction of Chu Lai Air Base.
YN 19 made it's last official flight by landing at the National Museum of the Marine Corps where it will become the center piece of a new exhibit highlighting Operation Starlight and the Vietnam War. the exhibit is scheduled to open in 2016. Operation Starlight was the first United States major ground operation of the Vietnam War. A huge crowd welcomed the arrival of YN 19 and her crew. 
Semper Fi,
                 The General and his Events

The Vinyards and Livingstons at the Ball 2012

Maj Gen Livignston and Jim Vinyard, Rock Hill USMC Ball 2013

            2nd Bn 4th Marines Memorial Bricks

Brig Gen William Weise



The first 376 bricks will be installed in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park in December 2013.  A ceremony to celebrate this event will be held in the Spring next year—date to be determined.  A $78,960 check to pay for these bricks was given to the President of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation by Manuel Travassos and Dave Jones on July 29, at a ceremony held at the 2d Bn 4th Marines Monument. The bricks will be placed in reverse chronological sequence. The first brick will honor Sgt William Stacy, who was killed in January 2012, in Afghanistan. The 376th brick will honor HM3 John P. Hyland, a Navy Corpsman who was killed in February 1968, in Vietnam. These bricks will include all 2/4 Marines and Sailors killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and most of those killed in 1968—69 in Vietnam.

Research continues to discover the names of those killed in World War ll and earlier. Dale Robinson has diligently uncovered the names of those who were killed fighting in Bataan, Corregidor and those who died or killed while prisoners of war. We estimate a final total of 1000 or more bricks which will require raising about $135,000 to complete this project   When completed, the 2/4 Association will be the first battalion to honor all its fallen members by name in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park on the grounds of the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Note: All proceeds from the sale of the book, “One Magnificent Bastard—BGen William Weise”, will be donated to purchase bricks.  You may also contribute by sending a check for any amount, made payable to “The 2/4 Memorial Brick Fund” and mailed to

2dBattalion 4th Marines Association, Inc, 

455 Concord Parkway N. #6511

            Concord, NC 28027


Encourage a closer bond between present day Marines/Sailors and their predecessors.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Assist the National Museum of the Marine Corps to fulfill its mission of “telling American History through the eyes of the Marine Corps” by providing significant financial support.

Visually demonstrate the pride Marines have in their heritage.

Let families and friends of those who gave their last full measure see and feel the esteem we have for their loved ones.

Encourage other organizations to undertake similar projects.


 The General on various Radio Shows

The link below will allow you to download a 9 meg audio file of General Livingston's interview on Joe Griffies' Welcome Home Show for Veterans, which broadcasts out of south Jersey.  The General's daughter, Missy, is a frequent guest and I've called in from time to time. The General, as always, gives a great interview and pays tribute to all Veterans and MOH recipients.  He refers to the Vietnam Veterans as 'The NEW Greatest Generation'.

General Livingston Welcome Home 11.30.13.mp3

Dan Waggoner finished KIA videos for 1965 and 1966.

1965 KIA


1966 KIA


1967 KIA updated video from Dan Waggoner


1968 KIA videos remade by Dan Waggoner

1968 KIA Part 1


1968 KIA Part 2


40 years Later Vietnam POWs Gather


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