Newman, James Taylor, MAJ

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment/C Troop
Service Years
1964 - 1984



Four Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Newman, James Taylor (Robinhood/Condor 6), MAJ USA(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Raeford, NC
Last Address
Raeford, NC

Date of Passing
Jan 11, 2009
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Army Retired (Pre-2007) US Army Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of Saint Michael (Gold)

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA)
  1980, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) [Verified]

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For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Troop C, 2d Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division. Major Newman distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 18 February 1971. His extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. DAGO 23 May 30 72

Flight Class 65-14

By RICHARD PYLE, Associated Press

— James T. Newman, a Vietnam War helicopter pilot whose rescues of downed airmen earned him the Distinguished Service Cross and other honors, has died. He was 73. Newman's son, Jay, said he died Sunday at the University of North Carolina medical center in Chapel Hill of complications associated with lung cancer.

Newman was twice nominated for the Medal of Honor, the highest military award for valor. While he did not receive that medal, he did get a Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second-highest award for combat valor, the Silver Star, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and 23 Air Medals, among others.

In an interview years later, the Georgia native said he could "get the shakes" in recalling such incidents although at the time he had felt "no fear." He first served in Vietnam in 1966, suffering a leg wound that nearly led to an amputation. Regaining flight status, he returned in 1970 as commander of C Troop, 2/17 Air Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division.

His first nomination for the Medal of Honor came in February 1971, when he rescued four U.S. crewmen from a crashed medevac helicopter on a mountaintop base in Laos where South Vietnamese Rangers were under heavy attack by North Vietnamese troops. The same week, he rescued two other downed pilots by chopping down small trees with his main rotor blade, an act that astonished helicopter experts but earned Newman a Silver Star.

Five months later, Newman rescued two more pilots injured in a crash near the Laotian border, spotting a flash from their signal mirror and extracting the men with seconds to spare. Richard Frazee, another former C Troop member, called Newman "a man of immeasurable courage who made us all feel invincible."

In 2000, Newman was inducted into the 101st Airborne Division's Hall of Fame at Fort Campbell, Ky. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, the family said.

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Aviator Badge (Master)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1964, Aviation Officer Rotary Wing Course (Fort Wolters, TX), B
 Unit Assignments
Basic Airborne Course (BAC)173rd Aviation Company (AHC)1st Aviation Brigade82nd Combat Aviation Brigade
101st Airborne Division 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment/C Troop
  1964-1965, Basic Airborne Course (BAC)
  1965-1966, 173rd Aviation Company (AHC)
  1965-1966, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1966-1969, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade
  1970-1971, 101st Airborne Division
  1970-1971, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment/C Troop
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)/Operation Lam Son 719
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Consolidation I Campaign (1971)
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