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is honored on Panel 8E, Line 79 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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    Posted on 3/11/18 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear Sp4 James Cumberpatch,
    Thank you for your service as a Medical NCO with the 1st Cavalry. Thank you for the lives you saved. I was born on your birthday, sigh. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/29/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 James R Cumberpatch Jr, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Final Mission of SP4 James R Cumberpatch Jr.

    Posted on 12/24/15 - by
    Specialist Four Cumberpatch distinguished himself by exceptional heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 23 June 1966, while serving as a medical aid man attached to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, Specialist Four Cumberpatch demonstrated courage, devotion to duty, and professional competence which contributed to the defeat of a platoon size force of North Vietnamese Army Regulars. When the heavily fortified and well concealed enemy opened fire upon the advancing unit automatic and small arms, Specialist Four Cumberpatch repeatedly exposed himself to intense and accurate hostile fire. During the height of the battle, when a wounded soldier was stranded on a rocky ledge, Specialist Four Cumberpatch volunteered to climb to him and render first aid. In the process, he was wounded in the leg, but proceeded to crawl to the wounded soldier's aid. Once having reached him, Specialist Four Cumberpatch then located an enemy sniper and directed machine gun fire upon him, disregarding a warning to remain silent. Having exposed himself to hostile fire once more, Specialist Four Cumberpatch was wounded again, this time mortally. Specialist Four Cumberpatch's conspicuous gallantry is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army. [Taken from SP4 Cumberpatch’s Silver Star citation on]
  • Forever young

    Posted on 11/28/14 - by Larry Spear
    Although we have never met in this life, I look forward to meeting you in heaven where we will all be reunited as brothers. One of my very good friends who served with you as the 3rd platoon medic was in the hospital with malaria on that day at Tuy Hoa and you were his replacement. I know Arnie has lived every day since that day with a feeling of tremendous guilt that you died in his place. I wish there were words to ease his pain. My brother was KIA with only 3 weeks left on his tour in april 1969. He didn't have to go out on that last mission, but he answered the call anyway to help those who needed help! There is no escape to the fate of war and there is no greater sacrifice then to lay down one's life for a friend. You will always be remembered as a hero Jim. Rest in peace my friend. When I get to heaven, I would like to shake your hand.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 2/28/11 - by Robert Sage
    James is buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, silver Spring, Montgomery County, MD.
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The Wall of Faces

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