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Memorial Service Set for Viet Crash Victim
The Daily Register - Monmouth County NJ
Apr 4, 1967
OCEAN TOWNSHIP — A memorial service will be held in Baldwin, Miss., next week for Sgt. First Class James F. Lytal of Wanamassa who was killed in plane crash in Vietnam on March 10.
Sgt. Lytal's widow, Shizuko L. Lytal, and his two sons, Eddie. 10, and David, 8, will attend the service. Sgt Lytal and his family for three years, from 1958 to 1961, resided at 428 Pacific St., Long Branch, and from 1961 to 1965 at 3005 Appleby Dr., Wanamassa.
In that period, he served as an instructor in the Fort Monmouth Signal School where he taught theory and maintenance of fixed plant carrier equipment. Sgt Lytal had served with the Army since Jul., 1946, in Japan, the Philippines, Korea and Okinawa.
In January last year, he was assigned to the Pacific field office of the Strategic Communications Command and as a noncommissioned officer in charge, he was instrumental in successful installation of the major tape relays in Korat, Thailand and in Da Naiig, Vietnam.
Lytal had been assigned to two months temporary duty in Da Nang when the plane in which he was returning to Okinawa crashed shortly before reaching Saigon.
A memorial service was held In Okinawa on March 30. Surviving besides his widow and sons are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Lytal of Baldwin, Miss.