Home of Record: Midwest City, OK
Date of birth: Friday, 09/10/1948
Marital Status: Single
Service: Army (Regular)
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Specialist Four
ID No: 15928547
MOS: 11B2P Infantryman (Parachutist)
LenSvc: Between 1 and 2 years
Unit: B CO, 1ST BN, 501ST INF RGT, 101 ABN DIV
Start Tour: Wednesday, 12/13/1967
Cas Date: Wednesday, 03/06/1968
Age at Loss: 19
Remains: Body Recovered
Location: Thua Thien, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, Died Of Wounds
Reason: Multiple Fragmentation Wounds - Ground Casualty
Jimmy is buried at Arlington Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City, OK.
James is honored on Panel 43E, Row 19 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
"Jim's mother and father owned the Joyland skating rink here in Midwest city, Jimmy and I went to school together and I always saw him at the skating rink.
His mother and father were wonderful people and I have so many wonderful memories of skating at their rink. Jimmy was a very good young man,
always smiling and laughing. I have never forgotten the day I heard that he had been killed, it just tore me up inside, the mental anguish I felt took me
a long time to get over, I lost several other friends in that sorry conflict, I was in the Air Force so I never had to go through what so many of the
Marines and Army personnel went through so I was truly blessed that I never had to see and feel what they saw and experienced every day. The Joyland
skating rink has been gone for many years but I still pass by where it once stood and it always brings back so many good memories of our youth when we were
all so innocent and naive then to be cast into a war we mentally aren't ready for really makes a young man or woman grow up quickly. He hasn't been forgotten
and he had many friends that they never knew and the memory of him will always be a
part of Midwest city."
"Jimmy, I know that you are still playing 'Faded Love'."
~Your Sister, Gayle Guffey-Wallis
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