Westbrook, James Barrington, CPT Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Cavalry
Last Primary MOS
1204-Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Armor (Officer)
Last Unit
1967-1968, 1204, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
Service Years
1964 - 1968
Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Order of the Spur

Cavalry

Captain



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1941
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Memphis
Last Address
Memphis

Casualty Date
Aug 25, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Tay Ninh
Conflict
Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Memphis National Cemetery - Memphis, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 46W - Line 25

 Official Badges 

25th Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Armor Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal Order of The Spur


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1968, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

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 Ribbon Bar


Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
  1967-1968, 1204, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment/B Troop
  1967-1968, 1204, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jun 01, 2012, General Photos
 Additional Information
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Hymn to the Fallen performed by the 451st Army Band.

   
Comments/Citation
Donna Turner  Horton
strmywthr5@aol.com
CAPT. James Westbrook on this day thirty nine years ago you gave your life for the freedom of others.The cost so very great but even after all these years the gift of freedom is so precious.Thank you CAPT.JAMES WESTBROOK.
Aug 25, 2007
 
Garnet Jenkins
Grand Junction Co.
~In Tribute to a Fallen Hero~

In Remembrance of this Young Soldier, with a Multitude of Thanks for his Courage, Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom. Rest well Capt. James Barrington Westbrook and know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I am the sister of such a young hero, who made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam 1967...
"THE SOLDIER, ABOVE ALL OTHERS IS REQUIRED TO PERFORM THE HIGHEST ACT OF RELIGIOUS TEACHING--SACRIFICE." General Douglas MacArthur

Aug 25, 2007
 
Colonel James Westbrook
Honoring your service and my humble gratitude to your family and friends.
May 29, 2007
 
Francis Kaufman
HONORING your memory today for the day you made the SUPREME SACRIFICE on August 25th 1968. You are not forgotten nor shall you ever be.
Monday, November 17, 2003
 We Remember
James is buried at Memphis Nat Cem
Posted by: Robert Sage
Email: rsage@austin.rr.com

Monday, April 25, 2005
 
Letter from XO to his son
Dear Jim, by way of introduction my name is Tom Tait and I was the XO of the 3/4th Cav while your dad was the squadron logistics officer.

I first met your dad when he was a 2nd Lt in Korea in 1963-64. He was a platoon leader in the 1st battalion 15th Armor and I was a company commander in the 2nd Battalion 15th Armor, located about 10--15 kilometers away. We were the only tank battalions in the 1st Cavalry Division and we were competitors in gunnery and all other things that could be measured. Your dad was known to the officers in my battalion as a superb platoon leader who, in Army parlance, was a comer ( had lots of potential). This was a time of considerable tension in Korea as there had been a number of border incursions by the North Koreans resulting in fire fights.
Thus all of us had to be on our toes and ready to go at a moments notice. Both tank battalions had missions to patrol the Imgine River south bank looking for North Koreans. They never bothered us. Your dad was one of the platoon leaders who was sent out at night to occupy platoon the river overwatch positions.

As the squadron S-4, he worked directly for me and was outstanding in his performance of the myriad of tasks I assigned him. We were never short of anything from guns to butter. He was all business, insuring that our soldiers were well taken care of. I believe he had the additional duty of mess officer and insured that our troopers had plenty of steak, etc. when they had a stand down from the field.

I was wounded on the 20th of April 1968 and your dad was there. He suffered a leg puncture wound from a grenade while I ended up with a broken leg and numerous holes all over my body. I was evacuated to the aid station on the Michelin Rubber Plantation. Your Dad eventually came there to have his wound treated. They sent a MEDIVAC helicopter for me and he helped me to the helicopter as I could no longer walk. That was the last time I saw him.

I just want you to know I have never forgotten him as he was a good soldier and leader, willing to make maximum effort to help his soldiers and his friends.

Sincerely;
Thomas H. Tait
MG(R) USA
Posted by: James B. Westbrook, II

Relationship: He is my father
Thursday, December 12, 2002
 
CPT Jim Westbrook, Commander, B Troop, 3/4 Cav., 25th Inf. Div
I was one of Capt. James B. Westbrook's platoon leaders (2nd Platoon) in B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cav., 25th Infantry Division. He was one of the most memorable armor officers I ever served with, built like a football player, fearless, a "hard-charger."
Jim voluntarily extended his tour beyond the one-year standard Army tour in Vietnam. In 1991 or 92, thanks to fellow platoon leader Jerry Headley, I met Jim's parents and sister in Washington, DC.
Jim had served as the 3/4 Cav. "S-4" (logistics officer) earlier in 1968 prior to taking command of B Troop.
In March of 1968 Jim or one of his NCOs in S-4 had posted a sign in Squadron Supply at Cu Chi, RVN, which read: "In God We Trust; All Others Will Sign a Hand Receipt." Always a sense of humor.
I hope others still recall Jim as fondly as I do. I think of him especially at Memorial Day.
Robert P. Fairchild
Vietnam veteran of the 25th Infantry Division
Hampton, Virginia
petefairch@aol.com
Posted by: Robert P. Fairchild
Email: petefairch@aol.com
Relationship: Platoon Leader in B Troop, 1968
Sunday, December 12, 1999
   
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