Felty, James Lee, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery (1957-1968)
Last Primary MOS
13E10-Cannon Fire Direction Specialist
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1968, 13E10, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
1964 - 1968

Staff Sergeant

One Service Stripe

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Columbia, SC
Last Address
Columbia, SC

Casualty Date
Feb 19, 1968
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Vehicle Loss, Crash
Binh Long (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Florence National Cemetery - Florence, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
40E 020 / Sec A Site 259-A

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2017, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery1st Infantry Division
  1966-1968, 13E10, 1st Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery
  1966-1968, 13E10, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
Freed-Hardeman University
  1962-1964, Freed-Hardeman University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Jim and I roomed together for a short while at Freed Hardeman College before he left. We had plans to go in the army on the buddy plan. However, he had to leave early and I stayed in college. That summer when Jim finished his basic training he came up to the farm in Missouri and was welcomed by my parents and large number of siblings. We corresponded for a time but time and space finally separated us and I lost contact with him. We shared many fun youthful experiences. When I saw his name on the wall I cried so hard I lost my breath. At 73 I still remember his goofy grin and warped sense of humor. I loved him like a brother.
Memory of a Son: Remembering brings such stark reality...often times I almost say aloud when I remember the son I lost such a short and such a long time ago, "Let me hear you give that deep down ring of laughter." For a moment, I hear it so well...it's fleeting and gone.
Thirty days of leave with us from Vietnam and "six months to go Mom," "I bought a car Mom---you use it carefully for me until I come back." "This spaghetti is good Dad, as good as I remembered it always was." "Mom I always drive carefully!" His call "Bye Mom, I love you-all!" The last words I was to hear---memory makes it so near--so near.

Twenty five days later--six fifteen in the morning--the door bell and a message, "We regret to inform you..." Just a year ago--.  
The memory stays so near. Written by Laura Sparks Felty one year after her oldest son was killed in Vietnam. 
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