1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 1, 2020 11:42 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking records of the murder of James Batten


      James Batten was serving in the Mortar Platoon of Charlie Company, 4th Battalion,12th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade on August 1, 1967 when he  was shot and killed by a Vietnamese Army Ranger. I was witness to this murder and was subsequently flown to 4th/12, 199th base camp and wrote up an "incident report" along with another witness. I am requesting a copy of the official records of this event. Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking records of the murder of James Batten
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Rothblatt,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 23 series of the 199th Infantry Brigade (Light) during the 1960s; Provost Marshal Serious Incidents Reports, 1967; and the General Records, 1965 - 1973 of the Judge Advocate in the Records of the U.S. Forces in Southeast Asia (Record Group 472) that may include the report you seek. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email archives2reference@nara.gov.


          The information about his death may be contained in his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). IDPFs from 1940-1976 for personnel with surnames that begin with A-L are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.


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          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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